HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 16 no. 2 (2015)

GENDER LINGUISTICS AND LITERARYELEMENTS IN TURKIC LANGUAGES: A PERSPECTIVE

Khayala Mammadova

Discipline: Philosophy, Languages, Gender, Feminism

 

Abstract:

This paper analyses gender linguistic elements in Turkic languages through gender linguistic methods. The obtained outcomes show that, unlike other language groups, gender symmetry—the measurable equal representation of women and men—has been evident with a small number of cases indicating gender asymmetry—the unequal treatment or perceptions of women and men— in the semantics of Turkic languages. Moreover, in languages reflecting gender categories, the feature on man-woman relationship penetrates the language and progresses into the mind through divided cultures. More importantly, language is the collection of culture, civilization, and knowledge and it can be investigated from different orientations. One of the important aspects of language is that it is used variously by males and females. The gender linguistic elements correlate with the social gender arrangement to reflect and reinforce the existing social asymmetries. This complex phenomenon is associated with the evolution of language through interchanges with diverse cultures. The language of any people is the most obvious indicator of its historical gender dimensions.