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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.

  • 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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Part I: History and Theoretical Background to the Study of Language and Gender:.

Part II: Negotiating Relations:.

Part III: Authenticity and Place:.

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Part IV: Stereotypes and Norms: .

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Part V: Institutional Discourse:.
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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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