Gender, Discourse and Ideology in Italian

  • Federica¬†Formato

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality book series (PSLGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Federica Formato
    Pages 39-80
  3. Federica Formato
    Pages 135-198
  4. Federica Formato
    Pages 273-288
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 289-299

About this book


This book analyses gendered language in Italian, shedding light on how the Italian language constructs and reproduces the social imbalance between women and men, and presenting indirect and direct instances of asymmetrical constructions of gender in public and private roles. The author examines linguistic treatments of women in politics and the media, as well as the gendered crime of femminicidio, i.e. the killing of women by their (former) partners. Through the combination of corpus linguistics, surveys, and discourse analysis, she establishes a new approach to the study of gendered Italian, a framework which can be applied to other languages and epistemological sites. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, language and gender, discourse analysis, Italian and other Romance languages. 

Federica Formato is an independent scholar who has taught linguistics at various UK universities. She has published on the topics of direct and indirect instances of sexism in Italian from quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and gender and language in the law. Her research interests include gender, politics, violence against women and corpus linguistics.


sociolinguistics corpus linguistics criminology language in the law grammar Femminicidio Italy gendered crime Sexist language Italian Politics Media Social media violence against women femicide grammatical gender the cult of beauty Italian press language ideology linguistic anthropology androcentrism

Authors and affiliations

  • Federica¬†Formato
    • 1
  1. 1.LancasterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96555-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96556-7
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