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Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality

Gender, Discourse and Ideology in Italian

Authors: Formato, Federica

  • Brings grammatical gender to the forefront of discussions around sexist uses of language
  • Presents examples of imbalanced linguistic constructions of gender in public and private roles
  • Examines how the Italian language can be used to systematically construct and maintain gender inequality
  • Contextualises and discusses approaches to language reform
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About this book

This book analyses gendered language in Italian, shedding light on how the Italian language constructs and reproduces the social imbalance between women and men, and presenting indirect and direct instances of asymmetrical constructions of gender in public and private roles. The author examines linguistic treatments of women in politics and the media, as well as the gendered crime of femminicidio, i.e. the killing of women by their (former) partners. Through the combination of corpus linguistics, surveys, and discourse analysis, she establishes a new approach to the study of gendered Italian, a framework which can be applied to other languages and epistemological sites. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, language and gender, discourse analysis, Italian and other Romance languages.

About the authors

Federica Formato is an independent scholar who has taught linguistics at various UK universities. She has published on the topics of direct and indirect instances of sexism in Italian from quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and gender and language in the law. Her research interests include gender, politics, violence against women and corpus linguistics.

Reviews

“Federica Formato has produced a thoughtful and thorough treatment of the way that language use in Italy perpetuates a range of subtle and crude gender biases, covering both language as system (the embedded grammatical rules of expressing gender in Italian), and language in use (the ways that female politicians and women who are killed are written about in the news). Her book represents an important and timely contribution to feminist scholarship.” (Paul Baker, Professor of English Language, Lancaster University, UK)

“Federica Formato’s timely contribution is an innovative and systematic investigation of gender and language from a linguistic perspective. It is particularly valuable for its insights into the Italian context and will be essential reading for scholars in this area but it also goes far beyond the specifics of one country and will reward anyone interested in the intersection of language and sexism.” (Charlotte Taylor, Senior Lecturer in English Language & Linguistics, University of Sussex, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Study of Gender in Italian

    Formato, Federica

    Pages 1-37

  • An Overview of Grammatical Gender in Italian

    Formato, Federica

    Pages 39-80

  • Feminine Forms Between Recommendations and Usages

    Formato, Federica

    Pages 81-134

  • Women in the Public Sphere: Gendered Language

    Formato, Federica

    Pages 135-198

  • Women, Crime and Gender in the Private Sphere: Femminicidio

    Formato, Federica

    Pages 199-272

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96556-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96555-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Discourse and Ideology in Italian
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96556-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96556-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96555-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 299
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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