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En utredande studie kring pronomenet hen
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this   quantitative study is to examine the occurrence of the word hen in Språkbankens corpus named   Webbnyheter 2013, thus contributing to research on the use of hen, which today is insufficient. The   corpus contains results from the Swedish newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and   Dagens Nyheter from 2013 which makes the study relevant and up to date. We have specifically investigated the uses of the word, its frequency in several   different text types. The two main differences we have distinguished in the   different uses of hen are hen as referring pronouns and hen to describe people who does not   want to live by a dual gender norm, which we in this essay defines as hen as of a HBTQ-context.

In this study, we have analyzed 206 search results in Språkbankens corpus. The results show that the word hen is primarily used as a referring pronoun with either generic or specific function. The frequency of the word in HBTQ-context is however lower. We have also found that a significant part of the search results employs a use of the word hen in what we call meta-function. This means texts where hen is not used a pronoun but as a means of discussion, along with the gender- and linguistic debates that comes with it. From our results, we interpret that hen is both a pronoun used authentically with a grammatical function but that it also exists as a subject of debate and discussion.

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2013. , p. 36
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hen, pronomen, korpus, könsneutralt pronomen, språkvård, språkstudie
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23555DiVA, id: diva2:700049
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HLK, Swedish Language and Literature
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Available from: 2014-03-07 Created: 2014-03-03 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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