Language and Gender

2nd edition (Polity, 2010)

Critical acclaim for Language and Gender:

Language&Gender2“This new edition of an indispensible textbook provides a clear and engaging overview of foundational research and current trends in the interdisciplinary study of language, gender and sexuality. Theoretically informed and empirically grounded, this text will serve as an essential guide for new generations of students. It is also a valuable resources for researchers seeking to update themselves on recent developments in this dynamic field”.

Professor Mary Bucholtz, University of California

“Mary Talbot’s book provides a comprehensive, theoretically sophisticated and accessible introduction to the field of language and gender. Unlike other language and gender textbooks, Talbot foregrounds the importance of language and gender studies in the analysis of popular culture and mass media ‘texts’. Thus, Talbot’s book will appeal not only to students and scholars of linguistics, but to anyone with a serious interst in cultural studies”.

Professor Susan Ehrlich, York University, Toronto

“The author moves smoothly and coherently from more traditional approaches to language and gender through to very recent research in areas such as discourse and consumerism, and language, gender and sexuality. Different approaches, including Critical Discourse Analysis and social constructionism, are demonstrated, and difficult concepts are clearly and comprehensibly presented. Mary Talbot’s own research enriches and enlivens the discussion throughout. The text is extensively illustrated with interesting examples, many of which are taken form recent published research, thus introducing students to relevant and authentic material”.

Professor Janet Homes, Victoria University of Wellington

“I just wanted you to know that your book, though required, is one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. Your insights are revolutionary and I have greatly enjoyed reading them…I feel it is necessary to give respect where it is due. So, thank you very much for providing a light of inspiration”.

Email from Amy, student in San Diego

“Without doubt the book will serve as an excellent textbook for upper undergraduate and postgraduate students”.

Discourse Studies

“The book is engagingly written and remains a key textbook for students and junior researchers in the field”.

Discourse and Communication

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talbot_langaugeandgenderThe first edition appeared as Language and Gender: An Introduction in 1998. It was also published by Polity Press. A third edition is currently in preparation.

2nd edition Chapter Contents:

Part I Preliminaries: Airing Stereoptypes and Early Models.

1 Language and gender.
About this book.
Linguistic sex differentiation.
Sex versus gender.
Sex and gender as troublesome dichotomies.
Why is language study important for feminism?
Further reading.

2 Talking proper.
Women, men and ‘Standard’ English.
Sex, gender and voice quality.
Further reading.

3. ‘Women’s language’ and ‘man made language’.
Early interest.
‘Women’s language’.
‘Man made language’.
Conclusion and lead-in to part II.
Further reading.

Part II Interaction among Women and Men.

4 Telling stories.
Studying stories.
Story content.
A couple tell a story.
At the family dinner-table.
Generalizing from research findings.
Further reading.

"No no no. He doesn't dominate conversations. He just happens to have a competitive style" The demise of dominance

“No no no. He doesn’t dominate conversations. He just happens to have a competitive style”
The demise of dominance

5 Conversation.
Conversation as a genre.
The conversational division of labour.
Men’s and women’s interactional styles.
Equal but different?
Further reading.

6 Difference-and-dominance and beyond.
Deficit, dominance and difference.
The trouble with ‘dominance’.
The trouble with ‘difference’.
Beyond difference: the influence of poststructuralism.
Further reading.

Part III Discourse and Gender: Construction and Performance.

7 Critical perspectives on gender identity.
Why critical?
Discourse and discourses.
Gender identity and subject positioning.
The discursive construction of maternity.
Examining constructions of gender identity.
Further reading

8 Consumerism
Women and consumerism.
Multiple voices of magazines.
The voice of a friend.
Men as consumers.
Further reading.

9 New men and old boys.
Dominance and control.
The importance of being hetero.
Change and resistance.
Further reading.

10 Public talk.
Women and the public sphere.
Broadcast interviews.
Women in charge: dealing with the double bind.
Media representations of working women.
Further reading.

"It's a lesbian!"

“It’s a lesbian!”

11 Language, gender and sexuality.
Queering gender.
Homosociality among male university students.
The sexual politics of consent.
Resisting heteronormative identities.
Further reading.

12 Reclaiming the language.
Modes of struggle.
Resistance and contestation.
Struggles over access.
The media.
What is ‘political correctness’?
Further reading.

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