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Linguistic sexism in a digitally native news outlet: A study on linguistic sexism at lexical and discourse levels in Buzzfeed News
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Språklig sexism i en digitally native nyhetskälla : En studie on språklig sexism på ord- och diskursnivå i Buzzfeed News (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In 2018, most news articles are consumed online from a digitally native news outlet and it is therefore appropriate to examine the presence of linguistic sexism in the digitally native news site Buzzfeed News. The material is made up of 159 articles collected from Buzzfeed News. Selected features at the lexical and discourse levels are analysed using a quantitative method with qualitative elements. The selected features at the lexical level include generic pronouns and nouns, focused on the affix -man- and naming practices for females and males. At the discourse level, the selected features include how females and males are described in terms of their relationships, appearance and age-related words. Linguistic sexism is found to be expressed at both the lexical and discourse levels in the material. It is mainly expressed in naming practices, the use of relationship words and age-related words.

Abstract [sv]

Dagens nyhetskonsument får, enligt studier, de flesta av sina nyheter från källor online och då främst från digitalt inhemska nyhetskällor, också känt som digitally native news outlets. Detta innebär att det därför är lämpligt att undersöka närvaron av språklig sexism i den digitally native news outlet Buzzfeed News. Materialet i studien består av 159 artiklar insamlade från Buzzfeed News. Utvalda språkliga markörer på ord- och diskursnivå är analyserade med hjälp av en kvantitativ metod med kvalitativa element. De utvalda markörerna på ordnivå inkluderar generiska pronomen och substantiv med fokus på affixet -man- och hur kvinnor och män namnges. De utvalda markörerna på diskursnivå som studeras inkluderarar hur kvinnor och män beskrivs vad gäller deras relationer till andra, utseende och åldersrelaterade ord. Språklig sexism finns uttryckt både på ord- och diskursnivå i materialet och det är huvudsakligen uttryckt i hur kvinnor och män namnges, användandet av relationsord och åldersrelaterade ord.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 33
Keywords [en]
Sexism, digitally native, newspaper language, Buzzfeed, feminist stylistics
Keywords [sv]
Sexism, digitalt inhemsk, digitally native, tidningsspråk, Buzzfeed, feministisk stilistik
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71404DiVA, id: diva2:1292744
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English
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2019-03-01 Created: 2019-03-01 Last updated: 2019-03-01Bibliographically approved

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