Language and Gender: A Reader / Edition 2

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The new edition of Language and Gender: A Reader responds to the wealth of research that has shaped the field since its initial publication in 1998. Retaining many of the foundational entries that have made the volume so popular, the second edition has been fully revised, and now includes 23 new articles and two entirely new sections.

  • A fully revised new edition of this popular Reader which explores the widening range of language and gender research, both geographically and socially, along with changing theoretical and methodological approaches
  • Combines the very latest research with classic works that established the field
  • Features 23 new articles spanning 1997-2009 and two new sections on   language, gender and sexuality, and the relevance of gender in the analysis of spoken interaction
  • Draws on research from all over the world, including Brazil, China, and Japan, as well as North America and Europe
  • Discusses a wide range of topics including single and mixed-sex talk; language, gender and power; gendered talk in the public domain; and language, gender and sexuality.
  • Includes accessible introductions to each section, which contextualize each entry
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“Overall, this new edition is successful. Readers familiar with the original version will hopefully find the changes warranted and in line with the goals outlined by the authors in their introduction. It remains a highly useful text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in language and gender and for anyone interested in the historical and current theoretical and methodological approaches to research on gender and language.”  (Linguist, 27 August 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405191272
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 304,783
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Coates is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University London. She is author of Women Talk (Wiley-Blackwell, 1996), Men Talk: Stories in the Making of Masculinities (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003), Women, Men and Language (3rd edition, 2004), and The Sociolinguistics of Narrative (edited with Joanna Thornborrow, 2005). She was made a Fellow of the English Association in 2002.

Pia Pichler is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-editor of Gender and Spoken Interaction (with Eva Eppler, 2009), and author of Talking Young Femininities (2009).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Editor's Note
Transcription Conventions 1
Transcription Conventions 2
Introduction 1
Pt. I Gender Differences in Pronunciation and Grammar 7
1 Yanyuwa: 'Men speak one way, women speak another' 13
2 Sex and Covert Prestige 21
3 Linguistic Variation and Social Function 29
4 Girl-talk/Boy-talk: Sex Differences in Adolescent Speech 42
5 Black Women in the Rural South: Conservative and Innovative 55
6 Gender and Sociolinguistic Variation 64
Pt. II Gender Differences in Conversational Practice 77
7 How and Why Are Women More Polite: Some Evidence from a Mayan Community 81
8 Complimenting - A Positive Politeness Strategy 100
9 Cooperation and Competition Across Girls' Play Activities 121
10 Peasant Men Can't Get Wives: Language Change and Sex Roles in a Bilingual Community 147
Pt. III Conversational Dominance in Mixed Talk 161
11 Women's Place in Everyday Talk: Reflections on Parent-Child Interaction 165
12 The Sounds of Silence: How Men Silence Women in Marital Relations 176
13 Talk Control: An Illustration from the Classroom of Problems in Analysing Male Dominance of Conversation 185
14 Participation in Electronic Discourse in a 'Feminist' Field 197
Pt. IV Same-Sex Talk 211
15 The Talk of Women Friends 215
16 Gossip Revisited: Language in All-Female Groups 226
17 'Don't try and make out that I'm nice!' The Different Strategies Women and Men Use when Gossiping 254
18 Performing Gender Identity: Young Men's Talk and the Construction of Heterosexual Masculinity 270
19 Sporting Formulae in New Zealand English: Two Models of Male Solidarity 285
Pt. V Women's Talk in the Public Domain 295
20 Female Speakers of Japanese in Transition 299
21 'I don't smile much anymore': Affect, Gender and the Discourse of Pittsburgh Police Officers 309
22 'Not just doctors' orders': Directive-Response Sequences in Patients' Visits to Women and Men Physicians 328
23 Women's Ways: Interactive Patterns in Predominantly Female Research Teams 354
Pt. VI Theoretical Debates (1): Gender or Power? 373
24 'Women's Language' or 'Powerless Language'? 377
25 Are 'Powerless' Communication Strategies the Japanese Norm? 388
26 When the Doctor is a 'Lady': Power, Status and Gender in Physician-Patient Encounters 396
Pt. VII Theoretical Debates (2): Difference or Dominance? 413
27 A Cultural Approach to Male-Female Miscommunication 417
28 Talk in the Intimate Relationship: His and Hers 435
29 Selling the Apolitical 446
Pt. VIII Looking to the Future 459
30 Women's Talk: The Question of Sociolinguistic Universals 461
31 Communities of Practice: Where Language, Gender, and Power All Live 484
32 The Question of Questions: Beyond Binary Thinking 495
Index 511
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