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Women-related Ideologies in Egyptian Arabic and American English Proverbs and Sayings: A Cross-cultural Linguistic Analysis [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2021; 5(7): 1-17 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.87059

Women-related Ideologies in Egyptian Arabic and American English Proverbs and Sayings: A Cross-cultural Linguistic Analysis

Waheed M. A. Altohami
1. Department of English, College of Sciences and Humanities in Al-Kharj, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, 11942, Saudi Arabia. 2.Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Education, Mansoura University, Mansoura, 35516, Egypt

This study aimed at investigating the nexus among language, gender, and culture as espoused in two corpora of Arabic and English proverbs and sayings. It addressed the cultural affinities and differences regarding women's representations in these proverbs. Based on theoretical insights from Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis and Conceptual Metaphor Theory, the study methodically operated at three stages: (1) it calculated the frequency of Arabic and English proverbs and sayings that represented women in terms of the various social roles ascribed to them (e.g. wife, mother, daughter, etc.); (2) the major themes and ideologies related to women in the Egyptian and American cultures are revealed and compared; and (3) the source domains supporting the projection of such themes and ideologies are cognitively explained and discursively justified. Findings showed that, firstly, owing to cultural discrepancy regarding the concept of extended family, not all the social roles associated with women are covered in the English corpus. Secondly, women are generally represented more negatively in the Arabic corpus. Thirdly, both corpora shared particular source domains to control the public mind regarding gender power relations. Finally, women's negative representations are manipulated to maintain women's suppression, marginalization, and stigmatization and to moralize gender hegemony.

Keywords: American English, Egyptian Arabic, gender hierarchy, power relations, proverbs

Waheed M. A. Altohami. Women-related Ideologies in Egyptian Arabic and American English Proverbs and Sayings: A Cross-cultural Linguistic Analysis. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(7): 1-17

Corresponding Author: Waheed M. A. Altohami, Saudi Arabia
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