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Foxes, hounds, and horses : Who or which?

Gupta, A.F. (2006) Foxes, hounds, and horses : Who or which? Society and Animals, 14 (1). pp. 107-128. ISSN 1568-5306

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Abstract

Writers of English can choose whether to mark a high level of sentience in a nonhuman animal by selecting the word who rather than which. An examination of texts relating to foxhunting on the world wide web showed that, in reference to the nonhuman animals involved in foxhunting, writers were most likely to use who in reference to foxes, and least likely to use it in reference to horses. Those who support foxhunting are more likely to recognize the sentience of the fox than those who oppose foxhunting. This may be because those who enjoy foxhunting present the fox as an active creator of the hunt, and as a worthy opponent

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Society and Animals'.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of English (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 18:15
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156853006776137113
Status: Published
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Refereed: No
Identification Number: 10.1163/156853006776137113
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1809

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