Arlette Laguiller:does the mainstay of the French political far-left enjoy linguistic parity with her male counterparts?

Barnes, Julian and Larrivée, Pierre (2011). Arlette Laguiller:does the mainstay of the French political far-left enjoy linguistic parity with her male counterparts? Journal of Pragmatics, 43 (10), pp. 2501-2508.

Abstract

While language use has been argued to reflect gender asymmetry, increasing parity has been evidenced in official settings (Holmes, 2000; Dister and Moreau, 2006). Our hypothesis is that the French national press has developed a norm of equal linguistic treatment of men and women. In a corpus of articles from Libération, Le Monde, and Le Figaro, we examine the treatment of Arlette Laguiller, the female leader of the French extreme-left 'Worker's Struggle' Party (Lutte Ouvrière), during the run-up to the 2007 presidential elections. How Laguiller is referred to and described in comparison with her male counterparts evidences no asymmetry. Breaches to parity are only found in the right-wing Figaro newspaper. The ideological distance between the newspaper and the candidate suggests that power struggles are a primary source of asymmetrical treatments. The discursive functions of such treatments can be understood through an investigation based on a portable corpus linguistics methodology for the measure of discrimination.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2011.02.009
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > French
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arlette Laguiller,France,gender,politician,press,terms of address,Language and Linguistics,Artificial Intelligence,Linguistics and Language
Published Date: 2011-08

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