The last 40 years have produced an abundance of research about gender-based power language, the relationship betweenlanguage and power and how language expresses power. Particular attention has been paid to asymmetrical discoursebetween the sexes (Lakoff, 1975, 2004; Fishman, 1978; Lipman-Blumen, 1984). The purpose of this study was to examine thepower language currently being used 30+ years after the main research to see if there have been any changes on the part ofthe female to broker power relationships through linguistic behaviors. This study examined three male vs. female politicaldebates in three U.S. national election campaigns. An analytical scale based on a combination of woman/man discourse andpower discourse was used. This study concluded that women have made significant progress in asserting and maintainingpower in controlled debate situations; also male/female asymmetry seems to be reduced, and that culture has also becomedeterminant of power relations.

Gender-based power language and American political debates

Arizzi, Cristina
2016-01-01

Abstract

The last 40 years have produced an abundance of research about gender-based power language, the relationship betweenlanguage and power and how language expresses power. Particular attention has been paid to asymmetrical discoursebetween the sexes (Lakoff, 1975, 2004; Fishman, 1978; Lipman-Blumen, 1984). The purpose of this study was to examine thepower language currently being used 30+ years after the main research to see if there have been any changes on the part ofthe female to broker power relationships through linguistic behaviors. This study examined three male vs. female politicaldebates in three U.S. national election campaigns. An analytical scale based on a combination of woman/man discourse andpower discourse was used. This study concluded that women have made significant progress in asserting and maintainingpower in controlled debate situations; also male/female asymmetry seems to be reduced, and that culture has also becomedeterminant of power relations.
Power language
gender-based language
asymmetrical discourse
political debates
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