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Zur lexikografischen Inszenierung von Geschlecht. Ein Streifzug durch die Einträge von Frau und Mann in neueren Wörterbüchern

Damaris Nübling
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This article analyzes, for the first time, the lexicographic construction of gender in more recent editions of German dictionaries (from 1980 onwards). The article starts by presenting a survey of studies on this topic in other languages (French, Swedish, English). Then the dictionary entries of Frau ‘woman’ and Mann ‘man’ are scrutinized with respect to their definition(s), their structure, and their use in sentences of exemplification. The study shows that a surprisingly high degree of stereotypes still exists, including grammatical differences such as men occurring more frequently in subject positions and women dominating in object positions. While some dictionaries represent clear progress with respect to the representation of gender over time, others are dominated by androcentric attitudes.

Adresse der Verfasserin: Prof. Dr. Damaris Nübling, FB 05, Deutsches Institut, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Jakob Welder Weg 18, D-55099 Mainz. E-Mail:

Online erschienen: 2010-03-24
Erschienen im Druck: 2009-December