Women and Language

Women and Language is a scholarly periodical covering communication, language and gender with a feminist perspective. Subjects include communications, philology, language and linguistics. Founded in 1975, Women and Lnaguage is published seminannually by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Anita Taylor is the executive editor.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall

A Case Study of Women's Literacy in the Early Seventeenth Century: The Oxinden Family Letters
In seventeenth-century England, more women gained access to the written word as an accomplishment of both reading and writing.(1) More attention was focused by educators on learning methods and curriculum for girls, more females learned how to read and...
Deconstructing the Patriarchal Palace: Ann Radcliffe's Poetry in 'The Mysteries of Udolpho.'
When Ann Radcliffe is read, she is usually classified as a Gothic novelist. Her novels are famous for their intricate plots that imprison a sensitive heroine in a dark, mysterious castle guarded by a nasty villain. But Ann Radcliffe as a poet? Most modern...
Fanny Fern and Sui Sin Far: The Beginning of an Asian American Voice
The lack of a role model, as Alice Walker points out, "is an occupational hazard for the artist, simply because models in art, in behavior, in growth of spirit and intellect - even if rejected - enrich and enlarge one's view of existence" (4). The first...
Gender Differences in the Use of Expletives: A Turkish Case
Women's speech has been perceived as being very different from the language used by men. Women were judged according to their sex rather than other social variables such as socio-economic class, age and educational/cultural background. However, with...
"Sharp Necessities." (Elizabeth Cary, Wife of Henry Cary Lord Viscount Falkland)
March 24, 1627 My Lord, I received yesterday from your Lordship . . . an expression of his Majesty's pleasure. . . It is to command me to my mother's in the nature of a prisoner . . . I have committed no fault that I know of, and though I had, sure...
Silence and Violence: The Woman Behind the Wall
BOOM . . . something hits hard against the wall. I start out of a deep sleep and listen, wondering what woke me. My eyes dart to the only light in my room, the glowing red numbers of the clock indicating that it is almost three thirty in the morning....
Why Sexist Language Affects Persuasion: The Role of Homophily, Intended Audience, and Offense
Since the "linguistic turn" in contemporary philosophy, scholars have examined the ontological and epistemological ramifications of everyday language use. From meditations on the ontogenetic properties of words to linguistic relativism, language and...