Language and Gender - Terms

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  • TERMS
    • Marked terms
      • Words that reveal a person's gender
        • policeman
        • wife
      • Some words can be marked by a feminising suffix
        • actress
        • usherette
        • comedienne
        • The suffix implies the male version is the original or the 'norm' which seems superior
    • Unmarked terms
      • Don't reveal a person's gender
        • police officer
        • spouse
    • Generic terms
      • When a marked term is used to refer to both men and women
      • Nearly always masculine terms which are used to refer to peoplein general
        • Mankind
      • Can make males seem superior and females 'invisible' by ignoring them
        • Wome are said to be occupying negative semantic space

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