The image of women in English and Arabic proverbs : a sociolinguistic study

Other Title(s)

صورة المرأة في الأمثال العربية و الإنجليزية : دراسة في اللغويات الاجتماعية

Dissertant

al-Zughul, Yahya Sulayman Hasan

Thesis advisor

al-Shaykhali, Khalid Abd Allah

University

Jerash University

Faculty

College of Arts

Department

Department of English

University Country

Jordan

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2020

English Abstract

The present study is a sociolinguistic research that aims to examine the representation of women in English and Arabic cultures and languages.

It reviews proverbial phrases pertaining to the feminine gender and provides insights into the perception of women among these societies.

Furthermore, it employs a qualitative research method to investigate the image of women in both English and Arabic cultures and critically examines and analyzes proverbs in the two languages under study acquired from various sources in an effort to understand the true value attached to them.

The proverbs from both cultures provide a rich collection of reflections on the gender division of roles in life and demonstrate semantic derogation targeted at women.

They also evidence how language codifies stereotypes that reinforce sexism and reaffirm male supremacy and bias.

Both cultures are remote and dissimilar, but they join together in undermining the role of women and fostering the concept of male patriarchy.

Women are mostly referred to as dumb in pejorative words.

Hand in hand with this negative essentializing of women, much of the English proverbs justify violence against them.

On the other hand, the analysis of Arabic proverbs leads to an understanding of women’s social positioning and status in Arab communities.

Generally, women are pigeonholed, portrayed as weak and vulnerable beings, and challenged for their mentality, strength, and intellectual capacity.

The results show that male dominance causes gender discrimination and constructs a false representation of female identity among both societies.

Derogatory attitudes embedded in proverbs expose the moral standards of those societies, which are dictated by male patriarchy.

Main Subjects

Languages

Topics

No. of Pages

52

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : Introduction.

Chapter Two : Literature review.

Chapter Three : Woman proverbs in English and Arabic.

Chapter Four : Conclusion.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Zughul, Yahya Sulayman Hasan. (2020). The image of women in English and Arabic proverbs : a sociolinguistic study. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Jerash University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1272831

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Zughul, Yahya Sulayman Hasan. The image of women in English and Arabic proverbs : a sociolinguistic study. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Jerash University. (2020).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1272831

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Zughul, Yahya Sulayman Hasan. (2020). The image of women in English and Arabic proverbs : a sociolinguistic study. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Jerash University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1272831

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-1272831