An exploratory review of gender ideologies and sexism in the Ga language


  • Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey University of Ghana, Legon



Linguistic Sexism, Gender ideologies, Ambivalent Sexism Theory, Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis


Although research on language and gender has focused largely on gendered languages, not much attention has been given to genderless languages. The current study attempts to explore gender ideologies and sexism in Ga, which is a genderless language. Based on an interdisciplinary approach to this multifaceted problem, the author aims at critically reviewing the construction and representation of gender identities through language using Glick and Fiske’s ambivalent sexism theory and feminist critical discourse analysis of data collected from focus group discussions and interviews. Among other things, this study shows how discourses of biological essentialism are used to justify what is presented as a natural gender order. 

Author Biography

Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey, University of Ghana, Legon

Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey was born in Accra, Ghana. She is a Spanish lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Ghana. She obtained her doctoral degree in Spanish Language and General Linguistics from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid. Her main areas of research are critical discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and language and gender.


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How to Cite

Lomotey, B. A. (2017). An exploratory review of gender ideologies and sexism in the Ga language. Gender and Language, 11(2), 227–254.




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