IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(1): 1-4 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.1.140

A Survey on the Order of Gendered Binomials and Attitudes towards Gendered Roles

Suthinee Promkandorn
Abstract—Even with rising concerns about gender equality in many countries, sexist languages appear to be very common in every day communication. Based on sociolinguistic perspectives, this study seeks to investigate if a male or female term is addressed first in personal binomials and to explore the attitudes towards gender roles. The participants included 20 international students from a Thai university. The data was collected by using a questionnaire which consisted of two sections. The first section asked the participants about the order of common gendered binomials they used in their language. The second section questioned which gender (i.e. male, female, or both) was more appropriate towards particular roles in the society, including family roles, social roles, and political roles. The findings indicated that most of the subjects conventionally addressed male terms first, with a percentage of 67.42. Male-Female binomials were higher among the Asian subjects than the Western ones, and among males more than females. Regarding attitudes towards gender roles, the participants thought that “both genders” were equal to most roles (41.67%), followed by male (33.96%) and female (24.38%). Among Asian participants, the opinions towards male roles were apparently strong, especially in male Asians. Contrastively, gender equality was perceived very important among Westerners, particularly in females. Accordingly, the study concluded that attitudes towards gender roles were an important factor underlying the linguistic patterns of gendered binomials.

Index Terms—Binomials, language and gender, sexism, sexist language, word order.

Suthinee Promkandorn is with the English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Payap University, Thailand (e-mail: p.suthinee@hotmail.com).


Cite:Suthinee Promkandorn, "A Survey on the Order of Gendered Binomials and Attitudes towards Gendered Roles," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-4, 2018.

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