‘Linguistic Theory, Gender Schemas and Wills’

Karen Sneddon, Not Your Mother’s Will: Gender, Language, and Wills, 98 Marquette Law Review 1535 (2015). Language matters. In her recent article, Not Your Mother’s Will: Gender, Language, and Wills, Karen Sneddon details just how much language matters in the context of wills and trusts. In a comprehensive review of linguistic theory and its intersection with inheritance law, Sneddon illuminates how will clauses and trust structures reflect gender schemas about men and women. Sneddon first lays a foundation for her hypothesis that will drafting reflects masculine and feminine roles and norms by acquainting the reader with basic linguistic theory … (more)

[Paula Monopoli, JOTWELL, 14 June]

First posted 2016-06-14 15:25:34

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