Yildirim, Kadri
March 2003
Ekev Academic Review;Spring2003, Vol. 7 Issue 15, p195
Academic Journal
Categorizing all animate as well as inanimate objects into two broad categories as masculine and feminine, the Arabs reflect obviously this distinction to their language. This distinction, explanation of which is one of the most intricate issues in the philosophy of language, have been treated, even in the distinct works on masculinity and femininity, not with a social and intellectual perspective, but with respect to prevention of linguistic errors from a grammatical standpoint. However, as stated by Miskeveyh, who respond the question "Why is the sun feminine?" by Ebu Hayyan et-Tevhidi, "the syntactic grammarians have not directed much attention to reasons and philosophy of thes phenomenon. Language, which is characterized in the first instance by its social, property, evolves in parallel to social and intellectual factors such as belifs, traditions and worldview of the society. Therefore, I suggest that the masculinity-femininity distinction in the Arabic language is shaped along the social and intellectual lifestyles of Arabs, and this paper will try to discover such aspects.


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