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Women's Language
Women's Language

Women's Language

An Analysis of Style and Expression in Letters Before 1800

Edited by Eva Haettner Aurelius, Edited by Hedda Gunneng, Edited by Jon Helgason


264 Pages, 5.75 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $52.95 (US $52.95) (CA $58.95)

Publication Date: March 2013

ISBN 9789187121876

Rights: US, CA, AU, NZ & SAM

Nordic Academic Press (Mar 2013)


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By linguistic close-reading of more than a thousand letters from the 12th through the 18th centuries—written in Latin, Swedish, French, German, and English—this compilation analyzes the differences in language and communication between women and men. Armed with an exhaustive stylistic analysis, this volume attempts to answer the question Is there a special niche reserved for women’s language? As it pinpoints the variations in how women expressed themselves when addressing men or other women, this detailed investigation of style and expression comes to the conclusion that there is no evidence for a particular female language; however, this authoritative work is a joy to follow for anyone interested in language, linguistics, stylistic analysis, and gender.


"Women's Language is, in my opinion, a work of highest scientific standard in its presentation of analyses and results; it is efficient, straight-to-the-point, and precisely argued throughout despite its, in parts, relatively specialized content. That the book will leave a distinct thumb-print within its discipline is quite evident. Therefore, it has my evident and best recommendations." —Boel Westin, professor in comparative literature, Stockholm University

Author Biography

Eva Haettner Aurelius is a professor in comparative literature at Lund University in Sweden. Hedda Gunneng is an associate professor in Medieval Latin at Gotland University in Sweden. Jon Helgason is an editor of the dictionary from the Swedish Academy and a researcher in comparative literature at Lund University.