Contested words, gender norms and language ideologies: The gendered meaning of tai

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摘要

This study investigates the slang term tai in Taiwan Mandarin and its interactions with gender norms and local language ideologies. Initially a derogatory term denoting an undesirable type of localness, tai has been appropriated to emphasise non-conformity and local identity, and has become a discursive site where ideologies concerning gender, language, localness and cosmopolitanism interact with and shape each other. Using questionnaires and news corpus data, the study reveals that female subjects evaluate tai more negatively and display a higher level of sensitivity to the role of linguistic practices in the discourse of tai than male subjects. Analysis of related news indicates that tai is strongly associated with non-standard language and non-conformity, and is less compatible with the mainstream ideal of femininity. The study reveals how word meaning is embedded in an ideological matrix in which representations of language and gender constantly interact with various intersecting strands of ideologies.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)27-60
頁數34
期刊Gender and Language
12
發行號1
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2018 一月 1
對外發佈Yes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language

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