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The feminization of agent names: diachronic study and crossed contemporary perspectives



The project, which received funding from the 11th Permanent Joint Commission Wallonia-Brussels-Québec 2019-2021 (--> WBI) aims at responding to a need for information on the feminization of agent names ("une cafetière“ ('a coffee-maker FEM'), "une auteur(e) / autrice“ ('an author FEM‘), etc.). It proposes to foster the knowledge about this issue by combining two innovative points of view. First, the point of view of the history of French: since when have actual feminine forms been in use, what is their history? Then, that of two current linguistic authorities that cannot be ignored in this respect: which official feminine forms are recommended in French-speaking Belgium and Quebec?.




feminization / dictionary.