Language and Gender: A Reader / Edition 2

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Overview

This wide-ranging reader is the first and only anthology of key essays in the study of language and gender. Topics include gender differences in pronunciation and grammar, conversational dominance in mixed talk, same-sex talk, women's talk in the public domain, theoretical debates, and more. The book also suggests potential future directions in which language and gender research might develop. 400 pp.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘This collection gives easy access to a key set of texts on central themes in the study of gender differentiated language use. Chosen to reflect a broad spectrum of research over the past 20 years, they not only make an excellent reader for any course on language and gender, but also provide a handy reference for scholars interested in the linguistic dimensions of gender.’ Suzanne Romaine, Merton Professor of English Language, University of Oxford

‘Finally! A reader that covers the field of language and gender from both a historical and a topic-centered viewpoint. I particularly appreciate Coates’ lucid introductions before each section and her organization of the material into manageable units around which I can easily imagine structuring both classroom discussions and assignments…I look forward to using the book.’ Sarah Dart, Macalester College

'This nicely crafted anthology will take readers into the central topiocs, and most significant debates, in the study of gender and language. A wonderful resource.' Barrie Thorne, University of California at Berkeley

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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: 854,369
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Coates is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at University of Surrey, Roehampton. She is author of Women Talk (Blackwell, 1996), and co-editor of An Introduction to Women's Studies (Blackwell, 1995).
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Editor's Note
Acknowledgements
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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