The French generally think that their language, formalized by Vaugelas as early as 1647, then constantly rectified by successive grammarians and brought into line by that guardian of the French language, the Académie française, is a treasure to be protected. However, as sociolinguistics has demonstrated, language is not only a tool or a means of communication. Vocabulary is not neutral. It holds up a mirror to society and reflects its prejudices, taboos, and fantasies, perpetuating its structures and hierarchies. Language is power.
French Language Masculine Gender French Woman Feminine Noun Feminine Form
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