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.

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

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