Language and Gender / Edition 1

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Overview

Language and Gender is a new introduction to the study of the relation between gender and language use, written by two of the leading experts in the field. It covers the main topics, beginning with a clear discussion of gender and of the resources that the linguistic system offers for the construction of social meaning. The body of the book offers an unprecedentedly broad and deep coverage of the interaction between language and social life, ranging from nuances of pronunciation to conversational dynamics to the deployment of metaphor. The discussion is organized around the contributions language makes to situated social practice rather than around linguistic structures or gender analyses. At the same time, it introduces linguistic concepts in a way that is suitable for non-linguists. It is set to become the standard textbook for courses on language and gender.
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"This is the book on language and gender we have all been waiting for." Janet Holmes, Victoria Univeristy, Wellington, author of Women, Men, and Politeness

"This is the book on language and gender we have all been waiting for." Janet Holmes, Victoria Univeristy, Wellington, author of Women, Men, and Politeness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521654265
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Penelope Eckert is Professor of Linguistics, Professor (by courtesy) of Cultural and Social Anthropology and Director of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford University. She has published the ethnography Jocks and Burnouts: Social Categories and Identity in the High School (1989), the book Linguistic Variation as Social Practice (2000), and many linguistic articles.

Sally McConnell-Ginet is Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics, Cornell University. Together with Ruth Borker and literary scholar Nelly Furman, she edited and contributed to Women and Language in Gender and Society and with linguist Gennaro Chierchia, co-authored Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics, which has recently been revised for a second edition.

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Table of Contents

1. Constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing gender; 2. Linking the linguistic to the social; 3. Organizing talk; 4. Making social moves; 5. Positioning ideas and subjects; 6. Saying and implying; 7. Mapping the world; 8. Working the market: use of varieties; 9. Fashioning selves.

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