Women, Language and Linguistics
Three American Stories from the First Half of the Twentieth Century
Routledge – 2002 – 324 pages
Rather than the standard American story of an increasingly triumphant march of scientific inquiry towards structural phonology, Women, Language and Linguistics reveals linguistics where its purpose was communication; the appeal of languages lay in their diversity; and the authority of language lay in its speakers and writers. Julia S Falk explores the vital part which women have played in preserving a linguistics based on the reality and experience of language; this book finally brings to light a neglected perspective for those working in linguistics and the history of linguistics.
'Falk raises awareness of the history of linguistics as a whole and the role of women in the field.' - Susan D. Fischer, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development