Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Gender and Feminism Network Seminar: Language at work - Hillary Clinton's emails

12 October 2016, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Language at Work: Hillary Clinton's emails

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Gender and Feminism Research Network


Institute of Advanced Studies
Malet Place
United Kingdom

The US State Department has released all emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. In this talk, Rachele de Felice will take a socio-linguistic approach to these emails, discussing this unique opportunity to explore Clinton's language as a powerful (female) politician. How does she ask for things? How does she build cameraderie among her team? Does she ever say please?

Dr Rachele de Felice is Teaching Fellow in the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL. She received her DPhil in Computations Linguistics from Oxford University, and was previously Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on speech act annotation and the creation of pragmatic profiles of Business English.