Linguistic studies usually refer to women as powerless, trivial, dominated, and dependent; whereas men are always seen as powerful, serious, dominating, and independent. Women are denied access to power on the grounds that they are not capable of holding it as demonstrated by their indecisive behavior and weak nature. (Lakoff, 1975; Chaika, 1982; Andersen, 1988).

The current views in discourse analysis indicate that women are powerless, trivial, dominated, and sexual objects (Lakoff, 1975; Coates, 1986; Chaika, 1982; Andersen, 1988). Spender (1980) pointed out that women are prepared for powerlessness and they are socialized on lowered self confidence and readiness to accept the notion that they are not capable of mastering certain situation. This paper, however, introduces that women can be as powerful as men, but they are socialized to be powerless. It is not the deficiency of women, but the deficiency of a social order in which they are not represented, in which they have been denied the means to produce and to sanction.

This study is brought on discourse analysis theories of power. Linguistic studies provide some devices that distinguish powerful and powerless discourses. It shows that linguistic analysis complements the literary analysis, and broadens the field of interpretation by introducing new channels of analysis, e.g., textual and discursive. Regardless to these features, there are linguistic devices in women’s discourse indicating that they can exercise power and achieve their aims in the same way men can do to show their power, such as directives, topic control, status, and floor.

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