Language and Gender

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: Polity Pr

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This new edition of Language and Gender has been thoroughly revised and updated, including the addition of entirely new chapters that explore recent work in the field. A range of approaches is covered at an introductory level, presenting sometimes difficult and complex issues in an understandable way. Every chapter concludes with a list of recommended readings so that each topic can be taken further. Like the first edition, it will be popular with students for its accessibility and with teachers for the range and depth it achieves in a single volume.As in the first edition, the book is organised into three parts. An introductory section provides preliminary grounding in early ls"classic' studies in the field. In the second section, Talbot examines the language used by women and men in a variety of speech situation and genres. She addresses a range of issues and problems, including the difficulties arising from accounting for gender differences in terms of dichotomies like public vs private and informational vs affective ETH; and, not least, the trouble with looking for ls"differences' at all.Talbot's emphasis, however, is on recent research. The last and largest section examines not gender difference but the construction and performance of gender in discourse. It includes new chapters outlining recent research on women's talk in public contexts and on language, gender and sexualities. The section as a whole reflects both the high degree of interest in mass media and popular culture found in recent language and gender research and the preoccupation with discourse and social change that is central to Critical Discourse Analysis.The second edition of Language and Gender will become a key textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates in linguistics, sociolinguistics, cultural and media studies, gender studies and communication studies. The book is usable by students for whom it their first, or only, contact with sociolinguistics.

Author Biography

Mary M. Talbot is Secretary of the International Gender and Language Association

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Transcription conventionsp. xii
Preliminaries: Airing Stereotypes and Early Modelsp. 1
Language and genderp. 3
About this bookp. 3
Linguistic sex differentiationp. 4
Sex versus genderp. 7
Sex and gender as troublesome dichotomiesp. 12
Why is language study important for feminism?p. 15
Further readingp. 17
Talking properp. 18
Women, men and 'Standard' Englishp. 18
Sex, gender and voice qualityp. 29
Further readingp. 32
'Women's language' and 'man made language'p. 34
Early interestp. 34
'Women's language'p. 35
'Man made language'p. 42
Conclusion and lead-in to part IIp. 46
Further readingp. 47
Interaction among Women and Menp. 49
Telling storiesp. 51
Studying storiesp. 51
Story contentp. 52
A couple tell a storyp. 55
At the family dinner-tablep. 61
Generalizing from research findingsp. 73
Further readingp. 73
Conversationp. 75
Conversation as a genrep. 75
The conversational division of labourp. 76
Miscommunicationp. 80
Politenessp. 84
Men's and women's interactional stylesp. 91
Equal but different?p. 95
Further readingp. 96
Difference-and-dominance and beyondp. 98
Deficit, dominance and differencep. 98
The trouble with 'dominance'p. 101
The trouble with 'difference'p. 102
The reification of gender as 'difference'p. 109
Beyond difference: the influence of poststructuralismp. 110
Further readingp. 113
Discourse and Gender: Construction and Performancep. 115
Critical perspectives on gender identityp. 117
Why critical?p. 117
Discourse and discoursesp. 118
Gender identity and subject positioningp. 123
The discursive construction of maternityp. 128
Examining constructions of gender identityp. 134
Further readingp. 135
Consumerismp. 137
Femininityp. 137
Women and consumerismp. 138
Multiple voices in magazinesp. 143
The voice of a friendp. 150
Men as consumersp. 155
Further readingp. 158
New men and old boysp. 159
Masculinitiesp. 159
Dominance and controlp. 163
The importance of being heterop. 169
Change and resistancep. 176
Further readingp. 183
Public talkp. 184
Women and the public spherep. 184
Politicsp. 186
Broadcast interviewsp. 191
Women in charge: dealing with the double-bindp. 196
Media representations of working womenp. 200
Further readingp. 202
Language, gender and sexualityp. 204
Queering genderp. 204
Heteronormsp. 207
Homosociality among male university studentsp. 209
The sexual politics of consentp. 211
Resisting heteronormative identitiesp. 218
Further readingp. 223
Reclaiming the languagep. 224
Sexismp. 224
Modes of strugglep. 227
Counter-resistancep. 234
What is 'political correctness'?p. 237
Further readingp. 242
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 265
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