Think like a lady, talk like a man: An analysis of Hillary Clinton and Theresa May's women's language in political discourse

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Think like a lady, talk like a man: An analysis of Hillary Clinton and Theresa May's women's language in political discourse

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Think like a lady, talk like a man: An analysis of Hillary Clinton and Theresa May's women's language in political discourse
Author: Meijer, Lesley
Issue Date: 2017-06-30
Abstract: There are a variety of conflicting theories in the field of language and gender. Lakoff’s work can be considered to be the most influential text in the discipline, but also the most criticised. She perceived language of women to be inferior to men because of women’s inferior social status. Lakoff observed features of language used by women, which she called ‘women’s language. Features of women’s language and language of politicians, whose purpose is to be persuasive, are contradictory. The speech styles of politicians Hillary Clinton and Theresa May are analysed to examine if female politicians adopt more features of women’s language or political language. A stylistic analysis of speeches and interviews of the politicians was performed following the checklist of Leech and Short (2007). The research concluded that few features of women’s language were used by the politicians and nearly all the features of political language were present in their speech styles.
Supervisor: Jeffery, J.V.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51758
 

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