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ISSN 2301-5837

Vol. 5 / No. 1 / Published : 2016-02

Order : 5, and page :32 - 39

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Original Article :

Representation of gender stereotype in lexical verbs

Author :

  1. Intan Sukma Dewi*1
  2. Viqi Ardaniah*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

The present study concerns language and gender. The language choice,  in this case the use of lexical verbs used by male and female, may imply that those verbs represent some stereotypes about gender. These stereotypes may implicitly be introduced at the early age of children and these can be seen through animated movies. To understand how gender representation is reflected through the language choice, the writer analyzed the lexical verb usage in Disney animated movie using the theory proposed by Biber. The study aims to reveal the most frequent types of lexical verb used by male and female characters, and to figure out how the male and female characters are represented based on the lexical verbs usage. Three Disney animated movies, Zootopia, Tangled and The Princess and the Frog that have male and female major character were chosen as the data. The results of the study show that the male and female characters have some different types of lexical verb. Male characters are more dominant in the use of activity verb, communication verb, Causative verb and verb of occurrences than the female character. Meanwhile, the female characters in the three Disney animated movies only are dominant in one type of semantic category of lexical verb which is Mental verb.

Keyword :

gender stereotype, lexical verb ,

References :

Archer, J. & Lloyd, B.B.,(2002) Sex and Gender - : Cambridge: CUP

Coates, J. ,(2013) Women, Men and Language - : New York: Routledge

Talbot, M.,(2003) Gender Stereotypes: Reproduction and Challenge. In J. Holmes, & M. Meyerhoff (Eds.), The Handbook off Language and Gender (pp. 468-486) - : Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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