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Title: Impoliteness in women’s specialised writing in seventeenth-century English
Authors: Alonso Almeida, Francisco Jesús 
Álvarez Gil, Francisco José 
UNESCO Clasification: 570201 Lingüística histórica
Keywords: Community of practice
Women’s writing
Issue Date: 2021
Journal: Journal of Historical Pragmatics 
Abstract: The notion of impoliteness may not trigger prompt associations with earlier women writing, especially non-fiction, in the pre-scientific period. Evidence drawn from seventeenth-century scientific and technical writings reveals that women make use of impoliteness strategies in order to claim and delineate their place within their community of practice. In our texts, we have detected that membership to communities of practice justifies the women’s use of positive impoliteness and sarcasm devices. Interestingly, the stereotypical female weakness represents a source for sarcastic speech, as this may offer women writers a protective shield against male critical stance. Negative impoliteness seems to be potentially related to establish power relationships and position in relation to knowledge. The idea is that scientific and technical contributions should be impartially appraised without considering the sex of the author. Impoliteness appears to be a potential means of legitimising women writers’ voices.
ISSN: 1566-5852
DOI: 10.1075/jhp.20004.alo
Source: Journal of Historical Pragmatics[ISSN 1566-5852],v. 22 (1), p. 121-152, (Diciembre 2021)
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