Linguist Robin Lakoff on How Gender, Language Affect Public Discourse in Trump Era

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Robin Lakoff is a linguistics professor at UC Berkeley and the author of "Context Counts: Papers on Language, Gender and Power.”  (Photo: David Hawxhurst/Wilson Center)

Influential UC Berkeley Professor Emerita Robin Lakoff has studied and written about linguistics for more than 40 years. Her latest book, “Context Counts: Papers on Language, Gender and Power,” assembles Lakoff’s key work, with analysis from other linguists, early-career essays and personal reflections. Lakoff joins us to discuss “Context Counts,” and how politics and gender continue to color American political discourse under President Trump.


Robin Lakoff, professor emerita, Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley