Para todes: gender-neutrality in the Portuguese language

Auxland, Morrigan (2020) Para todes: gender-neutrality in the Portuguese language. MA(Res) thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Portuguese, as a Romance language, has two linguistic genders: masculine and feminine. Although linguistic gender is separate from the social concept of gender, the two accord when one is talking about a person; feminine forms of address, nouns, and adjectives for a woman, and masculine forms for a man. This raises issues when one considers the rising number of people who identify outside of the gender binary, as well as an idea that is becoming increasingly prevalent – that an individual’s gender cannot, and should not, be assumed when it is unknown. There are, therefore, movements that seek to adapt the language, led by gender-nonconforming, nonbinary and transgender individuals; to introduce a third, grammatically-neutral gender, to better suit the needs of the language’s speakers. This thesis seeks to profile and examine the proposed changes to the Portuguese language, with reference to a number of case studies involving the use of the most common proposed practices and the resulting public and academic responses to each.

Keywords: Gender, grammar, gender nonconforming, Portuguese

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MA(Res))
Supervisors: Vidal Bouzon, Álvaro
Sabine, Mark
Keywords: gender, grammar, gender nonconforming, Portuguese
Subjects: H Social sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and literature > PC Romance languages
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
Item ID: 60330
Depositing User: Auxland, Morrigan
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 07:21
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 07:59

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