The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature

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Yaguello, Marina (1947- ). Born in Paris of Russian immigrant parents, Yaguello credits her bilingual childhood for her early interest in linguistics. She is a professor at the University of Paris VII, where her current research focuses on French and English syntax and on Wolof. With her essay Les Mots et les femmes ( 1978), Yaguello broke new ground in the study of women and language at a time when few linguists even considered the question noteworthy--only a few, such as Verena Aebischer, have ever followed her lead. Yaguello's observations on gender-based linguistic biases in language debunk the myth* of women's lack of linguistic creativity and their perceived dominance in verbal interaction, while at the same time questioning the presuppositions underlying scientific studies of language that reinforce popular stereotypes and reflect the asymmetries embedded in language itself. Yaguello Le Sexe des mots ( 1989) further develops the analysis of the sexism inherent in the French language. In Alice au pays du langage ( 1981), Les Fous du langage ( 1984), and En écoutant parler la langue ( 1991), she introduces abstract linguistic notions to a general public often mystified by a jargon that is frequently patriarchal in nature. Christine Lac
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Les Mots et les femmes. Essai d'approche socio-linguistique de la condition féminine. Paris: Payot, 1978.
Alice au pays du langage. Paris: Seuil, 1981.
Les Fous du langage. Paris: Seuil, 1984.
Catalogue des idées reçues. Paris: Seuil, 1988
Le Sexe des mots. Paris: Belfond, 1989.
Histoires de lettres. Paris: Seuil, 1990.
En écoutant parler la langue. Paris: Seuil, 1991.

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