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Gender and Spoken Interaction
Edited by Pia Pichler and Eva M. Eppler
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
12 Feb 2009
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Gender and Spoken Interaction presents a diverse collection of language and gender research with an exclusive focus on spoken interaction. Celebrating Jennifer Coates's contribution to gender research, the volume explores how gender is accomplished and reflected in spoken interaction, in relation to other situational and larger-scale sociocultural practices, identities and structures. Contributors present a wide range of lively data from private as well as institutional contexts, produced by speakers across all life stages and from a number of different ethnic, social, national and linguistic backgrounds.

Questions examined in the volume include:

• How does gender interact with sexuality, social class, ethnicity, life-stage in private and institutional talk?

• What is the relationship between local interactional practices or identity positions, and larger-scale structures like ideologies or national employment statistics?

• Which methodological and analytical frameworks can be employed for the exploration of gender and spoken interaction?

• How can the analysis of spoken interaction contribute to traditional feminist debates about gender inequality?

These questions will be explored on the basis of spoken interactional data from British school children; adolescents from working and middle-class backgrounds; London private school girls; British Asian university students; UK and New Zealand company directors and employees; male-identified Hindi-English speaking women in New Delhi; and Austrian Jewish refugees.


Description

Gender and Spoken Interaction presents a diverse collection of language and gender research with an exclusive focus on spoken interaction. Celebrating Jennifer Coates's contribution to gender research, the volume explores how gender is accomplished and reflected in spoken interaction, in relation to other situational and larger-scale sociocultural practices, identities and structures. Contributors present a wide range of lively data from private as well as institutional contexts, produced by speakers across all life stages and from a number of different ethnic, social, national and linguistic backgrounds.

Questions examined in the volume include:

• How does gender interact with sexuality, social class, ethnicity, life-stage in private and institutional talk?

• What is the relationship between local interactional practices or identity positions, and larger-scale structures like ideologies or national employment statistics?

• Which methodological and analytical frameworks can be employed for the exploration of gender and spoken interaction?

• How can the analysis of spoken interaction contribute to traditional feminist debates about gender inequality?

These questions will be explored on the basis of spoken interactional data from British school children; adolescents from working and middle-class backgrounds; London private school girls; British Asian university students; UK and New Zealand company directors and employees; male-identified Hindi-English speaking women in New Delhi; and Austrian Jewish refugees.


Reviews

'...a timely and much welcomed addition to the growing field of language and gender, offering invaluable insights into the relationship between gender and spoken discourse. It is a valuable collection for researchers and postgraduate students who want to get a sense of where language and gender research is heading... [A] strength of this volume is that all articles are written in a clear, accessible and engaging style. I would highly recommend the book to researchers working in the areas of language and gender, discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and language and social interaction.' - Chit Cheung Matthew Sung, Discourse & Commuication

'[This book]offers rich insights into the expanding linguistic subfield of gender and spoken interaction...it is a great contribution that provides the reader with a better understanding of and deep insights into how gender is (re-)produced in spoken interaction across the lifespan.' - Pia Resnik, Rezensionen


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Foreword; J.Thornborrow
Editor's Preface: Overview of Chapters; P.Pichler, E.Eppler
Theoretical Issues for the Study of Gender and Spoken Interaction; D.Cameron
Doing Gender Against the Odds: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Educational Discourse; J.Swann
Airhostess Legs and Jealous Husbands: Explorations of Gender and Heterosexuality in 10-11 year-olds' Conversations; J.Maybin
Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Adolescents Exploring Deviant Positions; A.Irwin
'All I've gotta do is wank on about some bollocky poem': Cool and Socially Aware Positions in the Talk of London Private School Girls; P.Pichler
'A group of lads, innit?' Performances of Laddish Masculinity in British Higher Education; S.Preece
Boys' Talk: Hindi, Moustaches, and Masculinity in New Delhi; K.Hall
It's a blokes' thing' – Gender, Occupational Roles and Talk in the Workplace; S.S.McRae
Men, Masculinities and Leadership: Different Discourse Styles at Work; J.Holmes
Four Women, Two Codes and One (crowded) Floor: The Joint Construction of a Bilingual Collaborative Floor; E.Eppler
Index


Authors

PIA PICHLER is Lecturer in Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Her teaching and research interests are in language and gender; the linguistic construction of identity (especially gender, ethnicity and social class); discourse and conversation analysis; sociolinguistics. Her recent published work examines the talk of British adolescent girls from a range of sociocultural backgrounds. 

EVA EPPLER is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University, London, UK. She is interested in spoken interaction in relation to social variables, especially bilingual speech and gender, and the transcription, storage and structural analysis of such data. Her recent published work is in the area of variationist sociolinguistics and speech processing.