The influence of feminist movement on the formation of words


 

The influence of feminist movement on the formation of words

When a parallel words including man and woman, male terms usually didn’t have marker but the female terms always have feminine marker, and the former are usually formed by adding feminine marker to the male terms, which reflected the consciousness that men was the center of our society. 

One of the most obvious evidences in English is the affixes which leads to a view that women is a deviation from a male universal norm. The female form is seen as the marked term and the male as the unmarked one. There are a range of different affixes which are used to refer to women, such as -ess, -ette, -trix in the following examples:

male

actor

waiter

host

poet

prince

manger

baron

usher

female

actress

waitress

hostess

poetess

princess

manageress

baroness

usherette

The affix: -ess, -ette, -trix,…



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