Just when you think you’ve seen everything:
Can sexist ideologies be reflected in inflectional classes? On the basis of a detailed discussion of the Russian a-declension, the present paper answers this question in the affirmative. More specifically the central claims are:
– The a-declension reflects the Idealized Cognitive Models of “women as the second sex” and “woman as Madonna and whore”.
– Cognitive linguistics provides an adequate account for the category structure in terms of schematicity and metaphorical extension.
As Alexei, from whom I swiped this absurdity, says, it’s “an abstract of a paper in what’s called Cognitive Linguistics… Yes, the author is a man: Tore Nesset is a male professor at the University of Tromsø, Norway.” He is “tempted to suppose this piece appeared in an April 1 issue of a linguistics journal,” but I’m afraid it’s just another example of academic silliness run amok.