Women, Men and Language: A Sociolinguistic Account of Gender Differences in Language

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Routledge, Dec 22, 2015 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 246 pages

Women, Men and Language has long been established as a seminal text in the field of language and gender, providing an account of the many ways in which language and gender intersect. In this pioneering book, bestselling author Jennifer Coates explores linguistic gender differences, introducing the reader to a wide range of sociolinguistic research in the field.

Written in a clear and accessible manner, this book introduces the idea of gender as a social construct, and covers key topics such as conversational practice, same sex talk, conversational dominance, and children’s acquisition of gender-differentiated language, discussing the social and linguistic consequences of these patterns of talk.

Here reissued as a Routledge Linguistics Classic, this book contains a brand new preface which situates this text in the modern day study of language and gender, covering the postmodern shift in the understanding of gender and language, and assessing the book’s impact on the field. Women, Men and Language continues to be essential reading for any student or researcher working in the area of language and gender.


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Language and gender
The historical background II Anthropologists
Quantitative studies
Social networks
Gender differences in conversational practice
Samesex talk
Children and genderdifferentiated language
The role of gender differences in linguistic change
The social consequences of gender differences in language
New developments in language and gender research

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About the author (2015)

Jennifer Coates is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Roehampton, UK.

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