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Femilang :
Patricia Niedzwiecki’s Research Work on  Women’s vs. Men’s Language

Biography
Author, Researcher, Director (Theatre, Film, Books, Essays). PhD in Literature and Human Sciences, Historical & Literary Studies, Semiology of Text and Image.

 

femilangEarly in life, Patricia Niedzwiecki had a true revelation when she realised that language didn’t treat her the same way as it did men in society : Isn't she a real tomboy? That’s what she’d hear whenever she behaved, but did she? quite daringly, which she often did as a child or teenager. As she grew older, she questioned everyday biased utterings more and more. That’s how she became increasingly interested in her own and her male counterparts’ language behaviour.

As a student and researcher from the 1980s and 1990s on, she started studying and analysing possible sexual languages differences in her own and other researchers’ studies and inquiries both in North-America and Europe.
www.Femilang.org gives an overview of her articles and books about Women’s and Men’s Language and Behaviour as well as other researchers and writers.

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Why www.femilang.org ?

 

 

Women’s Language? Men’s Language? ... 20 years ago, together with the European Commission, the French Community and WBI, IRDECOF organised the First International Conference on the subject of “Language Differences Between Women and Men”. What has been happening since? Has women’s condition improved in the past decades? Has Women’s Language gained a little more consideration in our society where not only knowledge, but also language is power?


Let’s find out and enter www.femilang.org

Why are we so hostile towards women’s language vs men’s? Does language reflect the millenia-old-inequalities between women and men? Are biases against women in language as old as human life on earth? When did language differences between both sexes actually emerge? Are they innate? So many eternal albeit unanswered questions about our very nature and our verbal and non-verbal behavioural patterns. For those differences only reflect (or do they?) other differences in real life too, which are much too often misused, i.e. not respectful of what we are as unique human beings.

Language differences between women and men are as old as humankind.
Actually, the very first words we learn, what each and every new born baby reinvents in their own way, are sexually distinct words like mother, father, she, he and so on.
Not only are the first ever-pronounced words different, but the whole human psyche is also equally (?!) split between the male and female side of our brain.

But nevertheless no reason enough to take advantage of them and turn them against either sex when it suits society.

 

femilangEuroparlement Paris, may 2007 : Euroconference « Women & Europe, 50 years of progress » (L'Europe au féminin, 50 ans de progrès)

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Marie-Christine de Saint-Araille, Christine Labarre, Catherine Lalumière, Yvette Roudy, Claire Gibault, Patricia Niedzwiecki et Claude Vayssade.    

 

 

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The Past…

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Dulle Griet (Bruegel)

 

The future … “The dictionary is not a man …”

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©Patricia Niedzwiecki 2012