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Language use and gender in the Italian parliament

  title={Language use and gender in the Italian parliament},
  author={Federica Formato},
This thesis deals with gender construction in the Italian parliament. The increase of female politicians in the public sphere in Italy and throughout the world justifies the investigation of their language use, in relation to that of their male counterparts. In this project, I analyse the use of three linguistic phenomena: 1. forms of address; 2. Noi forms; and 3. Violence metaphors. The common aim of the investigations into these three linguistic phenomena is to examine the construction of… 

Gender , Discourse and Ideology in Italian Federica Formato ( 2019 )

Gender, Discourse and Ideology in Italian is an ambitious exploration of how social and grammatical gender operate in Italy. Formato offers a comprehensive picture of Italian society, politics and

Gender Biases and Linguistic Sexism in Political Communication: A Comparison of Press News About Men and Women Italian Ministers

This research on press communication uses a synchronic perspective concerning eighteen ministers, balanced by gender, in the Renzi government (in 2014), as well as a diachronic perspective concerning

Introduction to the Study of Gender in Italian

Italy is a fruitful epistemological site, apt to investigate gendered language in relation to a deep-rooted sexist culture and an imbalanced society. Women in private and public spheres are still

Uno : A corpus linguistic investigation of intersubjectivity and gender

Generic masculines – masculine forms used for women – are employed in many languages, for example English (Mills 2008), French (Coady 2018), Spanish (Bengoechea 2011) and German (Motschenbacher

Women, Language and Politics

  • S. Shaw
  • Sociology
    Women, Language and Politics
  • 2020
This book addresses the problem of the underrepresentation of women in politics by examining how language use constructs and maintains inequality in political institutions. Drawing on different

An Overview of Grammatical Gender in Italian

  • Federica Formato
  • Linguistics, Sociology
    Gender, Discourse and Ideology in Italian
  • 2018
Grammatical gendered languages, such as Italian have a lexical, morphological and syntactic system that allows for the formation of gender in the language. A classification of how the Italian

Women in the Public Sphere: Gendered Language

Language used for, about and by female politicians, is qualitatively and quantitatively investigated to demonstrate how language operates to signal gender, gendering and gendered prototyping. The

Feminine Forms Between Recommendations and Usages

Academia is paying attention to ‘masculine as a norm’ with the aim to unravel the intricate relation between language and a sexist and historically male-oriented society. Activists, among whom,

Gender and e-recruitment: a comparative analysis between job advertisements published for the German and the Italian labour markets

The e-recruitment phenomenon has changed the way companies address job seekers around the world, but, whereas numerous academic studies have focused on e-recruitment and its social, cultural and

Femicide in Italy. "Femminicidio," Moral Panic and Progressivist Discourse

In 2012-2013 the feminist neologism "femminicidio" (feminicide) erupted in Italian public discourse as national media outlets repeatedly described an epidemic of men murdering their female partners.



Metaphor, Politics and Gender: a Case Study from Germany

In this chapter we apply the theoretical and analytical framework introduced in Chapter 2 to a corpus containing a selection of speeches and interviews by two contemporary Italian politicians, Silvio

The Discursive Construction of Women Politicians in the European Press

The appointment of the first majority female government in Spain generated a significant amount of coverage in newspapers across Europe, synthesising the multi-faceted debate about the relationship

The female political leader: a study of gender-identity in the case of Margaret Thatcher

This work examines the linguistic construction of gender identity in the discourse of Margaret Thatcher. Identity is defined in the terms of Bucholtz and Hall (2005) as an ‘emergent’ phenomenon,

An Ethnographic Investigation into Gender and Language in the Northern Ireland Assembly

  • S. Shaw
  • Sociology
    Political Speech
  • 2010
Although the construction of the Minister's unpopularity can be attributed to a complex interplay of factors, it can be concluded that it is partly the way she draws on gendered linguistic resources that leads her to be negatively judged by her peers.

Theorising the Female Voice in Public Contexts

This chapter considers the female voice in public contexts as a theoretical issue: it asks whether and how women’s relationship to public discourse may be accounted for in general terms. That

Metaphor and Gender in British Parliamentary Debates

One of the major changes in the composition of the House of Commons during the current period of New Labour dominance in the British Parliament has been a rapid increase in the number of women

Casting the ‘Other’: Gender citizenship in politicians’ narratives

In the past century the presence of women in the “public sphere” has increased considerably as a result of, amongst other things, the rapid increase in their levels of schooling, professional

What do women want? Linguistic equality and the feminization of job titles in contemporary France

This article examines young French women's perceptions with regard to the grammatical feminization of professional titles, drawing from data collected during semi-guided one-to-one interviews. A

Who are we and who are you? The strategic use of forms of address in political interviews

Abstract In the discourse of political interviews, references to coparticipants can be expressed explicitly by proper nouns and forms of address, and they can be expressed implicitly by personal