The Handbook of Language and Gender


The Handbook of Language and Gender is a collection of articles written by leading specialists in the field that examines the dynamic ways in which women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk.
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  • Features data and case studies from interactions in ...
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The Handbook of Language and Gender is a collection of articles written by leading specialists in the field that examines the dynamic ways in which women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk.
  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and stimulating picture of the field for students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines
  • Features data and case studies from interactions in different social contexts and from a range of different communities
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Editorial Reviews

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"This extensive collection of articles is testimony to the continuing topicality and diversity of research in language and gender, spanning a wide range of disciplines, theoretical stances, and methodological approaches and examining gender in a vast variety of linguistic, sociocultural and group-specific contexts." Language in Society

"For anyone interested in the relationship between language and gender, this book is a must. It contains a multitude of fascinating articles on every conceivable topic, written by experts in the field. A veritable treasure trove!" Jennifer Coates, University of Surrey, Roehampton

"I did not think there was anything new left to say on the well-researched topic of language and gender. But the editors of this Handbook lead us through a host of new perspectives as well as providing the most up-to-date coverage possible of the more familiar topics in the field. The unique scope of the Handbook shows beyond any doubt the fundamental importance of gender in all aspects of our lives, both public and private. This is the most authoritative account of the field to date, and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in language, no matter what their background." Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London

"This impressive handbook provides not only a thorough orientation in the interdisciplinary field of language and gender but also a presentation of the newest findings and theoretical reflections. Above all, it shows how stimulating studies on language and gender are for many other areas such as discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, and related disciplines." Helga Kotthoff, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg

"The ideas here will keep students, professors, and researchers busy talking and thinking for years to come. We're lucky to have such a diverse collection of perspectives, thinkers, and data; they will surely deepen our growing understanding of language and gender." Keith Walters, University of Texas at Austin

“One of the most satisfying features of the book is its all-encompassing coverage of just about every type of, and approach to, gender and language research.” Journal of Sociolinguistics

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Meet the Author

Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington and is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project and the Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Introduction to Sociolinguistics (second edition, 2001) and Women, Men and Politeness (1995). She is editor of Gendered Speech in Social Context (2000).

Miriam Meyerhoff is Reader in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, before which she was Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. She has published articles on language and gender, language change in creoles, and is the author of Constraints on Null Subjects in Bislama (Vanuatu) (2000).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Different Voices, Different Views: An Introduction to Current Research in Language and Gender 1
Pt. I History and Theoretical Background to the Study of Language and Gender 19
1 Theorizing Gender in Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology 21
2 Theories of Discourse as Theories of Gender: Discourse Analysis in Language and Gender Studies 43
3 "What's in a Name?" Social Labeling and Gender Practices 69
4 Variation in Language and Gender 98
5 Language and Desire 119
6 "One Man in Two is a Woman": Linguistic Approaches to Gender in Literary Tests 142
Pt. II Negotiating Relations 159
7 Language, Gender, and Politics: Putting "Women" and "Power" in the Same Sentence 161
8 Gender and Family Interaction 179
9 Gender and Power in On-line Communication 202
10 The Relevance of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Children's Peer Negotiations 229
11 The Power of Gender Ideologies in Discourse 252
Pt. III Authenticity and Place 277
12 Crossing Genders, Mixing Languages: The Linguistic Construction of Transgenderism in Tonga 279
13 Claiming a Place: Gender, Knowledge, and Authority as Emergent Properties 302
14 Constructing and Managing Male Exclusivity in Talk-in-interaction 327
15 Exceptional Speakers: Contested and Problematized Gender Identities 353
16 Language and Gender in Adolescence 381
17 Language and Gendered Modernity 401
18 A Marked Man: The Contexts of Gender and Ethnicity 423
Pt. IV Stereotypes and Norms 445
19 Gender and Language Ideologies 447
20 Gender Stereotypes: Reproduction and Challenge 468
21 Gender and Identity: Representation and Social Action 487
22 Prestige, Cultural Models, and Other Ways of Talking About Underlying Norms and Gender 509
23 Communicating Gendered Professional Identity: Competence, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Workplace 528
24 Linguistic Sexism and Feminist Linguistic Activism 550
Pt. V Institutional Discourse 571
25 "Feminine" Workplaces: Stereotype and Reality 573
26 Creating Gendered Demeanors of Authority at Work and at Home 600
27 Schooled Language: Language and Gender in Educational Settings 624
28 Coercing Gender: Language in Sexual Assault Adjudication Processes 645
29 Multiple Identities: The Roles of Female Parliamentarians in the EU Parliament 671
Epilogue: Reflections on Language and Gender Research 699
Index 722
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