questionnaire on genderlects

Francoise Rose francoise.rose at UNIV-LYON2.FR
Fri Jun 7 12:06:00 UTC 2013

Dear list members,


'Gender indexicality' refers to formal distinctions depending on the gender of the speech act participants. It is distinct from grammatical gender that indicates the gender of a participant to the state of affairs expressed by the utterance (within the propositional content). Gender indexicality can be found in sentences where neither the speaker nor the hearer is involved as a participant in the state of affairs expressed by the utterance. It can be either statistical (i.e. women rather speak that way, etc.) or categorical, i.e. with obligatory gender-exclusive variants within the grammar. The most common loci of categorical gender indexicality are the lexicon, the phonology (1), the interjections/illocutionary operators (2) and the morphology, especially the pronominal systems (3).

(1) Karajá køwør‹ 'tree (♀ speaker) / øwør‹  'tree' (♂speaker)

(2) Bolivian Guarani éé 'yes' (♀ speaker) / tà  'yes' (♂ speaker)

(3) Mojeño trinitario ñipeno 'his house' (♀speaker) / mapeno 'his house' (♂speaker)


After having undertaken a survey on gender indexicality in South America, I have prepared a questionnaire on gender indexicality. It is now available in four versions: French, English, Spanish and of course, Portuguese. Thanks to Rosa Vallejos and Lilian Ayres for their help with the translations. You can find the questionnaire on the etnolinguistica site:  <> as well as on my personal page :





Françoise ROSE

Chargée de Recherches 1ère classe CNRS

Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage

Institut des Sciences de l’Homme

14 avenue Berthelot

69 363 Lyon cedex 07


(33)4 72 72 64 63


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