By Ann Weatherall
Is language sexist? Do men and women communicate assorted languages?Gender, Language and Discourse uniquely examines the contribution that mental examine - particularly, discursive psychology - has made to answering those questions. earlier, books on gender and language have tended to be from the sociolinguistic viewpoint and feature involved in certainly one of matters - sexism in language or gender changes in speech. This e-book considers either matters and develops the concept that they isn't considered as at the same time unique endeavours yet relatively as a part of an identical procedure - the social building of gender. Ann Weatherall highlights the clean insights social constructionist strategy has made to those debates, and provides contemporary theoretical advancements and empirical paintings in discursive psychology appropriate to gender and language.Gender, Language and Discourse offers the main finished and up to date dialogue of the gender and language box from a mental standpoint. it is going to be useful to scholars and researchers in social psychology, cultural experiences, schooling, linguistic anthropology and women's experiences.
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In contrast, women and female experiences become, by de®nition, deviant and hence de®cient. A similar pattern found in the gender and language ®eld has been dubbed the androcentric rule where: Men will be seen to behave linguistically in a way that ®ts the writer's view of what is desirable or admirable; women on the other hand will be blamed for any linguistic state or development which is regarded by the writer as negative or reprehensible. (Coates, 1986, p. 15) 36 VERBAL ABILITY AND VOICE There have been numerous feminist critiques exposing how the scienti®c study of sex differences in general has been androcentric (see Bohan, 1992).
Once deviation from the norm became legitimised by evolutionary theory, the hypothesis of greater male variability became a convenient explanation for a number of observed sex differences, among them the greater frequency with which men achieved `eminence'. (Shields, 1975, p. 86) Shields (1975) goes on to describe the in¯uence of Havelock Ellis, a champion of the variability hypothesis, on psychologists involved in developing tests to measure intellectual, sensory and motor abilities. Ellis's observation that there were more male geniuses led to the suggestion that genius was a peculiarly male trait ± the tendency for genius being re¯ected in the prominence of men and not women in positions of power and prestige.
G. Chaser) (see also Otta, 1997). Women depreciated Henley (1987) suggested that language not only ignored or de®ned women narrowly but might also demean them. An aspect of the English language that has been identi®ed as derogating women is that masculine forms of words tend to have more positive connotations than feminine ones. To illustrate with examples used originally by Lakoff (1973), compare the connotations of `bachelor' and `spinster', `master' and `mistress' and `lord' and `lady'. g. professional, secretary) may have more positive connotations when applied to a man than to a woman.