Disney Princesses and the Diachronic Change of Culturally Gendered Language

Page No.: 
Frazer Heritage, The University of Birmingham

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.