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The Handbook of Language and Gender

Janet Holmes (Editor), Miriam Meyerhoff (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22503-4
778 pages
January 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Language and Gender is a collection of articles written by leading specialists in the field that examines the dynamic ways in which women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk.



  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and stimulating picture of the field for students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines




  • Features data and case studies from interactions in different social contexts and from a range of different communities

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Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Different Voices, Different Views: An Introduction to Current Research in Language and Gender (Janet Holmes and Miriam Meyerhoff).

Part I: History and theoretical Background to the Study of language and Gender.

1. Theorizing Gender in Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology (Bonnie McElhinny).

2. Theories of Discourse as Theories of Gender: Discourse Analysis in Language and Gender Studies (Mary Bucholtz).

3. "What’s in a Name?" Social Labeling and Gender Practices (Sally McConnell-Ginet).

4. Variation in Language and Gender (Suzanne Romaine).

5. Language and Desire (Don Lulick).

6. "One Man in Two is a Woman": Linguistic Approaches to Gender in Literary Texts (Anna Livia).

Part II: Negotiating Relations.

7. Language, Gender, and Politics: Putting "Women" and "Power" in the Same Sentence (Robin Lakoff).

8. Gender and Family Interaction (Deborah Tannen).

9. Gender and Power in On-line Communication (Susan C. Herring).

10. The Relevance of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Children's Peer Negotiations (Marjorie Harness Goodwin).

11. The Power of Gender Ideologies in Discourse (Susan U. Philips).

Part III: Authenticity and Place.

12. Crossing Genders, Mixing Languages: The Linguistic Construction of Transgenderism in Tonga (Niko Besnier).

13. Claiming a Place: Gender, Knowledge, and Authority as Emergent Properties (Miriam Meyerhoff).

14. Constructing and Managing Male Exclusivity in Talk-in-interaction (Jack Sidnell).

15. Exceptional Speakers: Contested and Problematized Gender Identities (Kira Hall).

16. Language and Gender in Adolescence (Penelope Eckert).

17. Language and Gendered Modernity (William L. Leap).

18. A Marked Man: The Contexts o Gender and Ethnicity (Sara Trechter).

Part IV: Stereotypes and Norms.

19. Gender and Language Ideologies (Deborah Cameron).

20. Gender Stereotypes: Reproduction and Challenge (Mary Talbot).

21. Gender and Identity: Representation and Social Action (Ann Weatherall and Cindy Gallois).

22. Prestige, Cultural Models, and Other Ways to Talking About Underlying Norms and Gender (Scott Fabius Kiesling).

23. Communicating Gendered Professional Identity: Competence, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Workplace (Caja Thimm, Sabine C. Koch, and Sabine Schey).

24. Linguistic Sexism and Feminist Linguistic Activism (Anne Pauwels).

Part V: Institutional Discourse.

25. "Feminine" Workplaces: Stereotype and Reality (Janet Holmes and Maria Stubbe).

26. Creating Gendered Demeanors of Authority at Work and at Home (Shari Kendall).

27. Schooled Language: Language and Gender in Educational Settings (Joan Swann).

28. Coercing Gender: Language in Sexual Assault Adjudication Processes (Susan Ehrlich).

29. Multiple Identities: The Roles of Female Parliamentarians in the EU Parliament (Ruth Wodak).

Epilogue: reflections on Language and Gender Research (Alice F. Freed).

Index.

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Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington and is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project and the Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Introduction to Sociolinguistics (second edition, 2001) and Women, Men and Politeness (1995). She is editor of Gendered Speech in Social Context (2000).


Miriam Meyerhoff is Reader in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, before which she was Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. She has published articles on language and gender, language change in creoles, and is the author of Constraints on Null Subjects in Bislama (Vanuatu) (2000).

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  • Examines the dynamic ways that women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk.
  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and stimulating picture of the field for students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Features data and case studies from interactions in different social contexts and from a range of different communities.
  • Includes contributions from the leading specialists in the field.
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"This extensive collection of articles is testimony to the continuing topicality and diversity of research in language and gender, spanning a wide range of disciplines, theoretical stances, and methodological approaches and examining gender in a vast variety of linguistic, sociocultural and group-specific contexts." Language in Society

"For anyone interested in the relationship between language and gender, this book is a must. It contains a multitude of fascinating articles on every conceivable topic, written by experts in the field. A veritable treasure trove!" Jennifer Coates, University of Surrey, Roehampton


"I did not think there was anything new left to say on the well-researched topic of language and gender. But the editors of this Handbook lead us through a host of new perspectives as well as providing the most up-to-date coverage possible of the more familiar topics in the field. The unique scope of the Handbook shows beyond any doubt the fundamental importance of gender in all aspects of our lives, both public and private. This is the most authoritative account of the field to date, and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in language, no matter what their background." Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London


"This impressive handbook provides not only a thorough orientation in the interdisciplinary field of language and gender but also a presentation of the newest findings and theoretical reflections. Above all, it shows how stimulating studies on language and gender are for many other areas such as discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, and related disciplines." Helga Kotthoff, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg


"The ideas here will keep students, professors, and researchers busy talking and thinking for years to come. We're lucky to have such a diverse collection of perspectives, thinkers, and data; they will surely deepen our growing understanding of language and gender." Keith Walters, University of Texas at Austin

“One of the most satisfying features of the book is its all-encompassing coverage of just about every type of, and approach to, gender and language research.” Journal of Sociolinguistics

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