AUTHOR: ADIPUE RACHAEL AMARACHI
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Sexism in language is the use of language to project members of one sex in an inferior manner. It is mostly in favour of men than women. Sexism has been identified in most languages of the world, mostly in patriarchal societies which Igbo has been included in. A patriarchal society like Igbo is dominated by men and this is shown in her culture; thus every language reflects the culture of the society that uses it. Our study shows that many scholars have ventured into the study of sexism and have given their opinions about the concept of sexism, either in agreement, modification or in discarding the notion of sexism in language. Then, there is the question of sexism being evident in the Igbo language. This study answers this question by analyzing some Igbo proverbs and poems for the illustration of sexism in the Igbo language. The study posits that there is sexism in the Igbo language and that the Igbo man rather than the Igbo language is sexist.
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Tags: Ajo Nwaanyi Analysis, Attitude, Classroom Interaction, Discrimination, Feminism, Gender Imbalance, Gender System, Gender-Inclusive Language, i-Proverbs, Igbo Cultural Norm., Igbo language, Linguistics-Thesis-2013, Male Power, Male Superiority, Ndu Nwaanyi Analysis, Negative Female Related Proverbs, Negative Male Related Proverbs, Patriarchal Society, Poems, Positive Male Related Proverbs, Sex-Linked Modifiers, Sexist Language, Sociolinguistic Phenomenon, Stereotypes, Women