Et si l’on rendait la langue française moins discriminatoire ? La féminisation du français : attitudes et usages
Languages and Literatures
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AbstractThis work is based on a questionnaire, distributed mainly with Facebook and answered by 243 persons having French as their mother tongue. Their attitudes towards five official recommendations for a less discriminatory language were measured, and they were also asked what form of a work title they would use to describe a woman in 12 different phrases. The answers were then analysed according to different parameters, such as gender and political opinion, to see if these factors influenced the attitudes and the usage of the respondents. The results showed a majority being positive towards all the recommendations, and the feminine form was predominantly chosen. However, a considerable number commented that they would be more in favour of a neutral form, being neither masculine nor feminine, rather than distinguishing the women from the men even more. It was also found that the medias have a great role to play, since the feminine forms that are less frequently used by the medias were chosen in a smaller measure.