Language and Gender / Edition 2

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Overview

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 ‘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 and, not least, the trouble with looking for ‘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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Without doubt the book will serve as an excellent textbook for upper undergraduate and postgraduate students."
Discourse Studies

"The book is engagingly written and remains a key textbook for students and junior researchers in the field."
Discourse and Communication

"The author moves smoothly and coherently from more traditional approaches to language and gender through to very recent research in areas such as discourse and consumerism, and language, gender and sexuality. Different approaches, including Critical Discourse Analysis and social constructionism, are demonstrated, and difficult concepts are clearly and comprehensibly presented. Mary Talbot's own research enriches and enlivens the discussion throughout. The text is extensively illustrated with interesting examples, many of which are taken from recent published research, thus introducing students to relevant and authentic material."
Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington

"Mary Talbot's book provides a comprehensive, theoretically-sophisticated and accessible introduction to the field of language and gender. Unlike other language and gender textbooks, Talbot foregrounds the importance of language and gender studies to the analysis of popular culture and mass media ‘texts.' Thus, Talbot's book will appeal not only to students and scholars of linguistics, but to anyone with a serious interest in cultural studies."
Susan Ehrlich, York University

"This new edition of an indispensable textbook provides a clear and engaging overview of foundational research and current trends in the interdisciplinary study of language, gender, and sexuality. Theoretically informed and empirically grounded, this text will serve as an essential guide for new generations of students. It is also a valuable resource for researchers seeking to update themselves on recent developments in this dynamic field."
Mary Bucholtz, University of California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745646053
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Talbot is Secretary of the International Gender and Language Association
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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables x

Acknowledgements xi

Transcription conventions xii

Part I Preliminaries: Airing Stereotypes and Early Models 1

1 Language and gender 3

About this book 3

Linguistic sex differentiation 4

Sex versus gender 7

Sex and gender as troublesome dichotomies 12

Why is language study important for feminism? 15

Further reading 17

2 Talking proper 18

Women, men and 'Standard' English 18

Sex, gender and voice quality 29

Further reading 32

3 'Women's language' and 'man made language' 34

Early interest 34

'Women's language' 35

'Man made language' 42

Conclusion and lead-in to part II 46

Further reading 47

Part II Interaction among Women and Men 49

4 Telling stories 51

Studying stories 51

Story content 52

A couple tell a story 55

At the family dinner-table 61

Generalizing from research findings 73

Further reading 73

5 Conversation 75

Conversation as a genre 75

The conversational division of labour 76

Miscommunication 80

Politeness 84

Men's and women's interactional styles 91

Equal but different? 95

Further reading 96

6 Difference-and-dominance and beyond 98

Deficit, dominance and difference 98

The trouble with 'dominance' 101

The trouble with 'difference' 102

The reification of gender as 'difference' 109

Beyond difference: the influence of poststructuralism 110

Further reading 113

Part III Discourse and Gender: Construction and Performance 115

7 Critical perspectives on gender identity 117

Why critical? 117

Discourse and discourses 118

Gender identity and subject positioning 123

The discursive construction of maternity 128

Examining constructions of gender identity 134

Further reading 135

8 Consumerism 137

Femininity 137

Women and consumerism 138

Multiple voices in magazines 143

The voice of a friend 150

Men as consumers 155

Further reading 158

9 New men and old boys 159

Masculinities 159

Dominance and control 163

The importance of being hetero 169

Change and resistance 176

Further reading 183

10 Public talk 184

Women and the public sphere 184

Politics 186

Broadcast interviews 191

Women in charge: dealing with the double-bind 196

Media representations of working women 200

Further reading 202

11 Language, gender and sexuality 204

Queering gender 204

Heteronorms 207

Homosociality among male university students 209

The sexual politics of consent 211

Resisting heteronormative identities 218

Further reading 223

12 Reclaiming the language 224

Sexism 224

Modes of struggle 227

Counter-resistance 234

What is 'political correctness'? 237

Further reading 242

References 243

Index 265

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