SEXISM AND LANGUAGE: INSIGHT FROM IGBO

AUTHOR: ADIPUE RACHAEL AMARACHI

DEPARTMENT: LINGUISTICS

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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