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Title:Sex bias in language use: an African interpretation of gender conflict
Author:Owonibi, Sola EmmanuelISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Issue:48
Pages:91-100
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Yoruba
patriarchy
language usage
Abstract:Using Lacanian-inspired psychoanalytic theory, this article examines the patriarchal nature of the culture of the Yoruba of southwest Nigeria in order to explain why the Yoruba language is sexually biased. Beliefs and values associated with the hierarchical and patriarchal structure of Yoruba society are internalized by children from infancy. Internalized language codes are used to transmit and perpetuate the laws and orders that are meant to institutionalize male domination. What is needed to achieve gender equity in Yoruba society is a liberation of the Yoruba language, a reform aimed at liberating the Yoruba language from sexist usages. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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