Ausgabe 96/2024

Gendersensible Sprache im Fremdsprachenunterricht Deutsch: Aktuelle Befunde aus Lehrmaterialien

Nathalie Stummer

German masculine personal nouns, which are widely used as gender-inclusive or generic forms of reference, are not always understood as such. ‘Gender-sensitive language’ attempts to create equality by referring to persons either through gender-neutral participles (Studierende) or gender-inclusive nouns (Student*innen). This has consequences for learners of German. This paper sheds light on the question whether contemporary teaching materials for German use gender-sensitive language and if so, how? A quantitative and quali­tative corpus analysis of teaching resources reveals that groups and individuals are predominantly referred to by generic masculine forms, while there is an increase of gender-neutral participles. The resources lack explanations on the use of gender-sensitive language, which makes it inaccessible to language learners.

Schlagwörter: Gendersensible Sprache, Korpusstudie, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Fremdsprachendidaktik


Themenheft 93/2022


Hg. v. Martin Reisigl

»Absolut unnötig« oder »wichtig für Gleichstellung«? – Argumente und Motivationen für und gegen geschlechtergerechten Sprachgebrauch. Eine quantitative und qualitative Diskursanalyse

Christoph Oscar Hofbauer

Gender-fair language is a topic that has been discussed extensively both among linguists and non-linguists. In this context, universities play a crucial role, because they combine research perspectives with everyday language use and function as role models for the society. Hence, this paper presents and discusses the results of three surveys conducted at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. After an overview of the relevant literature, the paper analyses quantitative and qualitative data from a total of 1,915 participants (students and employees), identifies contradictory positions and sheds light on current competing discourses in the field of gender-fair and anti-discriminatory (German) language. As a conclusion, awareness-raising measures are recommended for a language that is seen as a powerful tool that can contribute to more gender equality.

Schlagwörter: Geschlechtergerechte Sprache, Gendern, Genderlingu­istik, Soziolinguistik


»Ich frage mich, in was für einer Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?« - Eine Kritische Diskursanalyse der Reaktionen auf Nina Prolls Facebook-Post zu #MeToo in österreichischen Printmedien

Katharina Meissl/Edna Imamović/Zahra HosseiniKhoo

In October 2017, the Austrian actress Nina Proll published a Facebook post, criticizing the #MeToo campaign and its participants for ›weakening women‹. The post instigated supportive and critical reactions. This Critical Discourse Study analyzes the reactions to Proll’s post in six Austrian newspapers between October 25th 2017, and March 31st, 2018. It sheds light on argumentative patterns in the Austrian discourse on #MeToo. The analysis reveals (i) diverse representations of Proll through personal and professional attributions; (ii) ambiguous definitions of sexual harassment, (iii) the reproduction of myths about sexual violence.

Schlagwörter: #MeToo, sexuelle Gewalt, Kritische Diskurs-analyse, Argumentationsanalyse, österreichische Printmedien


»elendig vs. »liab« – Gender in der Fankultur: Eine Analyse von Forumsbeiträgen zu den Fußball-Europameis-terschaften 2016 und 2017

Anna Winkler

This article investigates differences in nominations and predications in the discourse of men’s and women’s football. 5241 postings have been analys-ed following the Discourse-Historical Approach and studied with respect to linguistic discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The postings show differences in the reception of football-related incidents. They relate less to the actors’ gender than to the relationship users experience when dealing with the actors. This discrepancy may link to the respective distan-ce or closeness to the referenced object. Strong utterances of critique, in-sults and abusive language are rather used if the subject is a popular male player, and they are becoming more frequent with the popularity of female players. Apart from that, males and females are treated similarly.

Schlagwörter: Kritische Diskursanalyse, Genderlinguistik, Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Social Media, Genderstereotypen



Die Schweiz ohne Frauen regieren: Eine Argumentationsanalyse zur Einführung des Frauenstimm- und Frauenwahlrechts in der Schweiz

Jacqueline Schmid

It was not until February 1971 that women in Switzerland gained the right to vote, elect and be elected at federal level. A vote by the male population was in favor of equal political rights for both sexes. In the first federal vote on women’s suffrage in 1959, a male majority pre-vented this step from being taken. An analysis of the Federal Council’s message on the first referendum proposal shows how little persuasive power and willingness for change there was in 1957. The negative predication of change, the eradication of the acting subject, argumen-tative fallacies and the one-sided structure of the text resulted in a message from the Federal Council which, although in favor of women’s suffrage and women’s right to vote, had little persuasive power overall. The analysis of the arguments thus shows that this mes-sage was part of a strategy to preserve the status quo of a Switzerland governed without women.

Schlagwörter: Genderlinguistik, Argumentationsanalyse, Wiener Kri-tische Diskursanalyse, Frauenstimmrecht, Schweiz