Edited by Julie Abbou and Fabienne H. Baider
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 264] 2016
► pp. 195–224
The lexical paradigm based on sex distinction and the semantics of its constituents in English and Belarusian
The basic idea developed in the paper is that the constituents of the lexical paradigm based on sex distinction may share other common characteristics apart from such core semantic features as ‘male/female’ ‘animate’ ‘being’. A complex contrastive analysis of the paradigm under investigation in English and Belarusian reveals a wide spectrum of perceptual, physiological, psychological and behavioural gender-based attributes profiled in the meanings of its members in both languages studied. The research makes it obvious that characteristics based on gender may accompany different nouns denoting animate beings of opposite sex and, therefore, have systematic character.