E f376L • Language and Gender
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Who talks more, men or women? Who interrupts more often? Which sex uses more proper speech? How do people signal social attitudes in choosing pronouns to refer to mixed-sex groups? How are gender and sexual orientation constructed in linguistic interaction? For thirty years, sex- and gender-related differences in language and communicative styles have been increasingly examined in linguistic studies. Such research indicates that the answers to these questions are more complicated than you might expect. In this course, we will examine some of the research that shows how social expectations and power structures intersect to influence the speech women and men use in particular social situations. We will also look at and discuss current research on how people use language to construct social gender and at how historical, economic, and social situations have shaped the language women and men use.
Three 3-4-page papers related to the readings with required drafts 30% each
Participation in class discussion, occasional informal assignments, and peer revision 10%
Class attendance is mandatory: If you accumulate more than three (3) unexcused absences your final grade will be lowered.
Readings Packet, possibly to include selections from:
Bergvall, Victoria L., Janet M. Bing, and Alice F. Freed eds., Rethinking Language and Gender Research, New York: Longman, 1996
Mary Bucholtz, A.C. Lang, and Laurel A. Sutton, eds., Reinventing Identities. The Gendered Self in Discourse, Oxford/New York, Oxford University Press, 1999
Hall, Kira and Mary Bucholtz, eds., Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially Constructed Self, New York: Routledge, 1995
Johnson, Sally and Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, eds., Language and Masculinity, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1997
Roman, Camille, Suzanne Juhasz, and Cristine Miller, eds., The Women and Language Debate, A Sourcebook, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1994