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‘That’s unscientific!’: Science as the arbitrator of ‘truth’ in (German) feminist linguistic debates

Luck, C; (2014) ‘That’s unscientific!’: Science as the arbitrator of ‘truth’ in (German) feminist linguistic debates. Tropos , 2 (1) pp. 41-49. 10.14324/111.2057-2212.001. Green open access

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Abstract

The feminist critique of language has been contested from its very inception. Opponents have distanced themselves from feminist proposals by arguing, for example, that language and reality are separate entities; that linguistic disparity is insignificant in comparison to other forms of discrimination; and most of all, that feminist approaches are ‘unscientific’. In this paper, I explore the late 1970s dispute between Senta Trömel-Plötz, Hartwig Kalverkämper and Luise F. Pusch as a particular example of the feminist vs. ‘scientific’ position. These three linguists are prominent voices in the German-language context and their arguments provide a valuable insight into the nature of gender and language debates in general. As I aim to show in the following, even empirical evidence does not necessarily bring a close to the discussions.

Type: Article
Title: ‘That’s unscientific!’: Science as the arbitrator of ‘truth’ in (German) feminist linguistic debates
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2057-2212.001
Publisher version: http://ojs.lib.ucl.ac.uk/index.php/tps
Language: English
Additional information: © Broome, AH; Nabugodi, M; Sreenan, N; Harvey, L; (2014). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Feminist linguistics, German, gender, Trömel-Plötz, Pusch
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468966
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