This course deals with gender and how it affects and is affected by language. Topics that will be covered include the following: biological sex and social gender; the different social roles of genders and how these are manifested in language structure and language practices (such as discourse and conversation strategies); the theories that have been put forward to explain these linguistic differences; linguistic stereotypes about gender; the language of children; queer speech.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Method of assessment
• In-Course Test (45 minutes) – 20%
• Final Project (2,500 words) – 80%
Indicative Reading List:
Cameron, D. (2007) The myth of Mars and Venus. Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages? Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Coates, J. (2015) Women, men, and language: a sociolinguistic account of gender differences in language. London: Routledge Linguistics Classics.
Coates, J. & Pichler, P. (2011) Language and Gender: A Reader. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Simpson, P. (2009) Language and Power: A Resource Book for Students. London: Routledge English Language Introductions.
Talbot, M.M. (2010) Language and Gender. Cambridge: Polity Press.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
By the end of this module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the issues relating to gendered language use;
8.2 Demonstrate a systematic advanced-level and critical understanding of the theories that have been proposed to account for gender-related differences in language use;
8.3 Deploy critical analysis to data that either refer to speakers in terms of their gender or are gendered (e.g. they come from single-gender or mixed-gender conversations);
8.4 Critically evaluate gender views projected by the media;
8.5 Demonstrate a nuanced appreciation of the differences between sex, gender, sexual and gender orientation and their effects on language use and language evaluation;
8.6 Appreciate the different methodologies used in research on gender.
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