LING-343 Women, Men, and Language
Spring for 2009-2010
This course examines the complex relationships among language, gender and sexuality. Integrating different perspectives from sociolinguistics as well as gender theory and gender studies, the goals of this course are to familiarize students with major theoretical approaches on language and gender and to explore, through data-driven activities, how the different approaches can shed light on everyday linguistic practices. Through lectures, group exercises, weekly readings, class discussions and data workshops, the course will cover a wide variety of topics including gender as cultural difference, gender as a social construct, sexist and heterosexist language, language and gender in interaction (including turn-taking, gossip, access and power), gender and style, cross-cultural perspectives on language and gender, language and sexuality, and the linguistic construction of masculinities and femininities. Students will develop the ability to evaluate and critique research; particular emphasis will be put on performing original research, utilizing the analytical skills acquired to analyze gendered language in everyday life.
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