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Disney Princesses and the Diachronic Change of Culturally Gendered Language

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Publication date08/2015
Host publicationJALT2014: Conversations Across Borders
EditorsPeter Clements, Aleda Krause, Howard Brown
PublisherJapanese Association for Language Teaching
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9784901352475
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study explored how the Disney princesses in Snow White (1937), The Little Mermaid (1989), and Frozen (2013) use gendered language and portray gender roles. It draws on Robin Lakoff (1975) and uses ratios and quantified lexical features to examine diachronic developments in gender representations, relationships, and the language used by the princesses. In this paper, I tentatively suggest methods of applying the findings to second language pedagogy, particularly in composition exercises.