LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 001 Language and Gender
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Credits:
4
Class Misc Info:

This course satisfies the New Traditions requirement for English Concentrators.

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Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

The relationship between language and gender has been a widely researched and debated topic in sociolinguistics, English language studies, and linguistic anthropology since the early 1970s when Robin Lakoff published Language and Woman’s Place. And the topic sparks lively conversations outside the academy as well. At the most basic level, do men and women really speak differently? If so, why? Are men and women represented differently in the language itself? If so, is English sexist? We examine these questions in light of recent scholarly findings and a range of theoretical models about the relationship of language and gender, and we consider how patterns of language may be linked to our experience of gender.

Discussions will also address how gender interacts with sexual identity, ethnicity, age, occupational and social/familial roles, social dynamics related to power, institutional settings, and other factors in terms of how we speak, as well as whether gender is connected to language change. As we unpack apparent gender biases in the language, we will think through the relationship of language and thought and what it means to advocate for conscious language change as part of socially situated political struggles.

The work commitments will include short weekly written assignments, three papers (one of which will involve the transcription and analysis of a tape-recorded spoken conversation), and a final exam. No background in linguistics is required; a genuine interest in the workings and power of language is highly recommended.

LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
45594
Open
89
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
45846
Open
14
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
45847
Open
14
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
45848
Open
10
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
45852
Open
1
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
010 (LEC)
P
46898
Open
25
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
011 (LEC)
P
46899
Open
23
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
TBA
Note:
There will be a selection of articles available as PDFs on the CTools site and as a coursepack.
ISBN: 0631195955
Language and gender : A reader, Author: Jennifer Coates (editor, Roehampton Institute), Publisher: Blackwell Publishers 1. publ. 1997
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