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Perception of Gender in Occupational Nouns in Arabic and English
Herman, Kelly
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Gender roles ( jstor )
Grammatical gender ( jstor )
Men ( jstor )
Nouns ( jstor )
Observational research ( jstor )
Stereotypes ( jstor )
Wordplay ( jstor )
Words ( jstor )
Arabic language--Gender
Arabic language--Noun
English language--Noun
Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The purpose of this study was to observe the perceptions of occupational nouns in English and Arabic, in order to fill a hole in previous research. In previous studies, grammatical gender and stereotype information play a role in speakers’ perceptions of words with arbitrary gender assignment. In this study, grammatical gender was neutralized so that speakers’ perceptions of occupational nouns could be accounted for and stereotype information that coincides with certain occupations could be observed without arbitrary grammatical gender being a variable. Both American English-speaking and Saudi Arabic-speaking participants were used, and results showed that the perceptions of workers in stereotyped roles were generally true to their stereotypes when grammatical gender was not a variable, and cultural variations could be somewhat accounted for. The results from this study led to the desire to replicate the procedure on a larger scale so as to identify a clearer difference between the perceptions of roles by women and men, individually, and in order to make age a variable in order to track culture-based stereotype change in language. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Arts; Graduated May 7, 2013 cum laude. Major: Linguistics
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College/School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Legacy honors title: Only abstract available from former Honors Program sponsored database.
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UF Honors Program sponosored database

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University of Florida
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