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Language and Gender

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107659360

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  • Language and Gender is an introduction to the study of the relation between gender and language use, written by two leading experts in the field. This new edition, thoroughly updated and restructured, brings out more strongly an emphasis on practice and change, while retaining the broad scope of its predecessor and its accessible introductions which explain the key concepts in a non-technical way. The authors integrate issues of sexuality more thoroughly into the discussion, exploring more diverse gendered and sexual identities and practices. The core emphasis is on change, both in linguistic resources and their use and in gender and sexual ideologies and personae. This book explores how change often involves conflict and competing norms, both social and linguistic. Drawing on their own extensive research, as well as other key literature, the authors argue that the connections between language and gender are deep yet fluid, and arise in social practice.

    • Written by two of the world's leading experts in the field of language and gender
    • Opening three chapters provide an introduction to, and history of, the subject in non-technical language – essential reading for students new to the subject
    • Encourages more nuanced ways of exploring gender and language issues than a 'Mars and Venus' account, by engaging with the complexity of gender and of the relation between language use and social practice
    • Explores a wide range of topics, including sexuality and non-normative sexual and gender identities
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is no ordinary textbook. Eckert and McConnell-Ginet, two of the most important scholars writing in sociolinguistics and semantics today, have established a new direction for research in the field of language and gender. There is a reason that this now classic text is being reissued in second edition: no other book in this field makes a more convincing case for the crucial interdependence of language, gender, and sexuality in the formation of diverse twenty-first-century subjectivities. Revised to include all the provocative research directions of the last decade, this new edition of Language and Gender is a must-read for students and scholars who are engaged in the grounded analytics of social life.' Kira Hall, University of Colorado

    '… Language and Gender is a much needed work, and a much needed new edition in these changing times. Kira Hall's endorsement on the back cover employs two key terms: convincing and provocative. To which I add: absolutely necessary.' Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Journal of Language and Politics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107659360
    • length: 331 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 175 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to gender
    2. Introduction to the study of language and gender
    3. Linguistic resources
    4. Getting it said
    5. Making nice
    6. Being assertive… or not
    7. Where common sense comes from and where it hides
    8. Mapping the world
    9. Constructing nations, constructing boundaries
    10. Fashioning selves.

  • Authors

    Penelope Eckert, Stanford University, California
    Penelope Eckert is Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Stanford University, where she has also directed the program in Feminist Studies.

    Sally McConnell-Ginet, Cornell University, New York
    Sally McConnell-Ginet is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Cornell University, where she directed the Women's Studies program.

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