Language and Womans Place: Text and Commentaries

Paperback | July 8, 2004

byRobin Tolmach LakoffEditorMary Bucholtz

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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 pastthirty 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 bindbetween 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 togethercommentaries 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 ongoingrelevance 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.

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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 pastthirty years, scholars of language and gender ha...

Robin Tolmach Lakoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Widely regarded as the founder of language and gender studies, she writes extensively about gender and power and is the author or coauthor of seven books and nearly one hundred articles. Mary Bucholz is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:July 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editor's IntroductionAuthor's IntroductionLanguage and Woman's Place: The Original Text with Annotations by AuthorPart 1: Context1. Mary Bucholtz: Changing Places: Language and Woman's Place in Context2. Bonnie McElhinny: "Radical Feminist" as Label, Libel, and Laudatory Chant: The Politics of Theoretical Taxonomies in Feminist Linguistics3. Sally McConnell-Ginet: Positioning Ideas and Gendered Subjects: "Women's Language" Revisited4. Anna Livia: Language and Woman's Place: Picking Up the GauntletPart 2: Concepts5. Janet Holmes: Power, Lady, and Linguistic Politeness in Language and Woman's Place6. Deborah Tannen: Cultural Patterning in Language and Woman's Place7. Penelope Eckert: The Good Woman8. Kira Hall: Language and Marginalized PlacesPart 3: Femininities9. Sachiko Ide: Exploring Woman's Language in Japan10. 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 Own11. Jenny Cook-Gumperz: Public Discourse and the Private Life of Little Girls: Language and Woman's Place and Language Socialization12. Shari Kendall: Mother's Place in Language and Woman's PlacePart 4: Power13. Miriam Meyerhoff: Doing and Saying: Some Words on Women's Silence14. Susan Herring: Computer-Mediated Communication and Woman's Place15. Susan Ehrlich: Linguistics Discrimination and Violence against Women: Discursive Practices and Material Effects16. Scott Kiesling: What Does a Focus on "Men's Language" Tell Us about Language and Woman's Place?Part 5: Women's Place17. Judith Mattson Beam and Barbara Johnstone: Gender, Identity, and "Strong Language" in a Professional Woman's Talk18. Toshiko Matsumoto: The New Language and Place of Women in Japan: Reflections on Language and Woman's Place19. Marcyliena Morgan: "I'm Every Woman": Black Women's (Dis)placement in Women's Language Study20. Norma Mendoza-Denton: The Anguish of Normative Gender: Sociolinguistic Studies among U.S. Latinas21. Sara Trechter: Contradictions of the Indigenous Americas: Feminist Challenges to and from the FieldPart 6: Sexualities22. William L. Leap: Language and Woman's Place: Blueprint Studies of Gay Men's English23. Rudolf P. Gaudio: They Way We Wish We Were: Sexuality and Class in Language and Woman's Place24. Robin Queen: "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar": The Importance of Linguistics Stereotype for Lesbian Identity Performances25. Rusty Barrett: As Much as We Use Language: Lakoff's Queer Augury

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"[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 journeyof 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