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Language and Woman's Place : Text and commentaries - Robin Tolmach Lakoff

Language and Woman's Place

Text and commentaries

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Published: 22nd July 2004
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The 1975 publication of Robin Tolmach Lakoff's Language and Woman's Place, is widely recognized as having inaugurated feminist research on the relationship between language and gender, touching off a remarkable response among language scholars, feminists, and general readers. For the past thirty years, scholars of language and gender have been debating and developing Lakoff's initial observations.
Arguing that language is fundamental to gender inequality, Lakoff pointed to two areas in which inequalities can be found: Language used about women, such as the asymmetries between seemingly parallel terms like master and mistress, and language used by women, which places women in a double bind between being appropriately feminine and being fully human. Lakoff's central argument that "women's language" expresses powerlessness triggered a controversy that continues to this day.
The revised and expanded edition presents the full text of the original first edition, along with an introduction and annotations by Lakoff in which she reflects on the text a quarter century later and expands on some of the most widely discussed issues it raises. The volume also brings together commentaries from twenty-six leading scholars of language, gender, and sexuality, within linguistics, anthropology, modern languages, education, information sciences, and other disciplines. The commentaries discuss the book's contribution to feminist research on language and explore its ongoing relevance for scholarship in the field.
This new edition of Language and Woman's Place not only makes available once again the pioneering text of feminist linguistics; just as important, it places the text in the context of contemporary feminist and gender theory for a new generation of readers.

"Lakoff, the scholar who inspired me to pursue a career in linguistics, was the first to show that the language used by women (who is more likely--or expected--to say, "Oh dear" and "My goodness"?) and about women (men pass out, but women faint) reflects the way that women are treated and the real-world possibilities open to them."--Deborah Tannen, author of Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk among Friends, Revised Edition (OUP, 2005) and You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation "In 1975, when first published, this watershed study was as unprecedented, controversial, and as influential as its basic thesis: that gender influenced vocabulary and usage and that both in turn reflected oppressive social structures. The present volume goes way beyond the category of "revised edition": Bucholtz created an entirely new entity that contains and surrounds the original...the reader feels privy to a lively conversation at a gathering of a very extended family, complete with its controveries. Highly recommended."--Choice "[A] re-release of Lakoff's 1975 seminal work on gender and language...this book is a first-rate acquisition for a variety of audiences. ...an excellent introductory text for either a graduate or undergraduate class on language and gender. The commentaries are often partly the personal journey of the authors negotiating gender through their lives and their work. Because of this, linguistics is made personally relevant in a way which rarely happens in undergraduate texts."--Elizabeth Winkler, Linguist List 16.521 "Lakoff, the scholar who inspired me to pursue a career in linguistics, was the first to show that the language used by women (who is more likely--or expected--to say, "Oh dear" and "My goodness"?) and about women (men pass out, but women faint) reflects the way that women are treated and the real-world possibilities open to them."--Deborah Tannen, author of Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk among Friends, Revised Edition (OUP, 2005) and You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation "In 1975, when first published, this watershed study was as unprecedented, controversial, and as influential as its basic thesis: that gender influenced vocabulary and usage and that both in turn reflected oppressive social structures. The present volume goes way beyond the category of "revised edition": Bucholtz created an entirely new entity that contains and surrounds the original...the reader feels privy to a lively conversation at a gathering of a very extended family, complete with its controveries. Highly recommended."--Choice "[A] re-release of Lakoff's 1975 seminal work on gender and language...this book is a first-rate acquisition for a variety of audiences. ...an excellent introductory text for either a graduate or undergraduate class on language and gender. The commentaries are often partly the personal journey of the authors negotiating gender through their lives and their work. Because of this, linguistics is made personally relevant in a way which rarely happens in undergraduate texts."--Elizabeth Winkler, Linguist List 16.521

Editor's Introduction Author's Introduction Language and Woman's Place: The Original Text with Annotations by Author Part 1: Context 1: Mary Bucholtz: Changing Places: Language and Woman's Place in Context 2: Bonnie McElhinny: "Radical Feminist" as Label, Libel, and Laudatory Chant: The Politics of Theoretical Taxonomies in Feminist Linguistics 3: Sally McConnell-Ginet: Positioning Ideas and Gendered Subjects: "Women's Language" Revisited 4: Anna Livia: Language and Woman's Place: Picking Up the Gauntlet Part 2: Concepts 5: Janet Holmes: Power, Lady, and Linguistic Politeness in Language and Woman's Place 6: Deborah Tannen: Cultural Patterning in Language and Woman's Place 7: Penelope Eckert: The Good Woman 8: Kira Hall: Language and Marginalized Places Part 3: Femininities 9: Sachiko Ide: Exploring Woman's Language in Japan 10: Catherine Davies: "Woman's Langugae and Martha Stewart: From a Room of One's Own to a Home of One's Own to a Corporation of One's Own 11: Jenny Cook-Gumperz: Public Discourse and the Private Life of Little Girls: Language and Woman's Place and Language Socialization 12: Shari Kendall: Mother's Place in Language and Woman's Place Part 4: Power 13: Miriam Meyerhoff: Doing and Saying: Some Words on Women's Silence 14: Susan Herring: Computer-Mediated Communication and Woman's Place 15: Susan Ehrlich: Linguistics Discrimination and Violence against Women: Discursive Practices and Material Effects 16: Scott Kiesling: What Does a Focus on "Men's Language" Tell Us about Language and Woman's Place? Part 5: Women's Place 17: Judith Mattson Beam and Barbara Johnstone: Gender, Identity, and "Strong Language" in a Professional Woman's Talk 18: Toshiko Matsumoto: The New Language and Place of Women in Japan: Reflections on Language and Woman's Place 19: Marcyliena Morgan: "I'm Every Woman": Black Women's (Dis)placement in Women's Language Study 20: Norma Mendoza-Denton: The Anguish of Normative Gender: Sociolinguistic Studies among U.S. Latinas 21: Sara Trechter: Contradictions of the Indigenous Americas: Feminist Challenges to and from the Field Part 6: Sexualities 22: William L. Leap: Language and Woman's Place: Blueprint Studies of Gay Men's English 23: Rudolf P. Gaudio: They Way We Wish We Were: Sexuality and Class in Language and Woman's Place 24: Robin Queen: "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar": The Importance of Linguistics Stereotype for Lesbian Identity Performances 25: Rusty Barrett: As Much as We Use Language: Lakoff's Queer Augury

ISBN: 9780195167573
ISBN-10: 0195167570
Series: Studies in Language and Gender (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 22nd July 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised