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Women in the History of Linguistics

Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Helena Sanson


Women in the History of Linguistics is a ground-breaking investigation into women’s contribution to the description, analysis, and codification of languages across a wide range of different linguistic and cultural traditions. The volume innovates notably in looking beyond Europe to Africa, Australia, Asia, and North America, offering a systematic and comparative approach to a subject that has not yet received the scholarly attention it deserves. In view of women’s often limited educational opportunities in the past, their impact is examined not only within traditional and institutional context ... More

Keywords: history of linguistics, women, women’s language, women readers, codification, metalinguistic texts, language learning and teaching, translation, documentation, female education

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Ayres-Bennett, editor
Professor of French Philology and Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Helena Sanson, editor
Professor of Italian, History of Linguistics, and Women's Studies, University of Cambridge

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