The phonetic gender score of German first names and pet names : gendered first names versus de-gendered pet names

  • In German, female and male first names are strictly segregated: there are two big inventories with the only purpose to separate women and men. Unisex names are extremely seldom. If they are chosen, they have to be followed by a sex-specific middle name (e.g. Kim Uwe, Kim Annette). If we look at the phonological components of first names, i.e. at their sounds, we can state that male and female names became more similar over the last decades. Whereas in the 1950's, typical first names such as Katharina and Rolf diverged considering their phonic inventory considerably, today, many girls are named Leah and Lara and many boys Noah and Luca. These names share nearly the same sounds, they consist of two syllables and are stressed on the first one. If we look behind the scenes, it becomes clear that the officially required onomastic separation of the two sexes is undermined. In this paper, I will present a socalled phonetic gender score for German first names for the first time (see also Schmidt-Jüngst in this volume). It allows for measuring a degree of femaleness and maleness of names. In a second step, it will be asked whether unofficial names such as pet names, which are not obliged to mark sex also tend to be gendered or if they disobey the gender barrier. It will be shown that the most intimate names are not interested in stressing the denoted person's sex. In contrast to first names, pet names tend to be maximally de-gendered.

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Author:Damaris NüblingGND
Parent Title (Multiple languages):Innovationer i namn och namnmönster : handlingar från NORNA:s 43:e symposium i Halmstad den 6-8 november 2013 / redigerade av Emilia Aldrin, Linnea Gustafsson, Maria Löfdahl och Lena Wenner ; Nordiska Samarbetskommitten för Namnforskning, NORNA-rapporter ; 92
Place of publication:Uppsala
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2018/09/04
Year of first Publication:2015
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/09/05
Tag:Genderlinguistik; Sozioonomastik
GND Keyword:Rufname; Geschlechterforschung; Soziolinguistik; Namenkunde; Vorname; Phonologie
Page Number:20
First Page:196
Last Page:215
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
BDSL-Klassifikation:02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft > 02.02.00 Studien
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht