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The contributors to this collection offer an essential introduction to the ways in which feminist linguistics and critical discourse analysis have contributed to our understanding of gender and sex. By examining how these perspectives have been applied to these concepts, the contributors provide both a review of the literature, as well as an opportunity to follow the most recent debates in this area. Gender and Discourse brings together European, American and Australian traditions of research. Through an analysis of a range of `real' data, the contributors demonstrate the relevance of these theoretical and methodological insights for gender research in particular and social practice in general.

Women's Friendships, Women's Talk
Women's friendships, women's talk

In this chapter I shall explore the links between gender, talk and friendship. Having friends is something most of us take for granted. This means that the things we do in order to make friends and to sustain friendship are so much part of our everyday social practice that they are pretty much invisible to us. But doing friendship is a significant accomplishment: some people find it difficult, or get it wrong; others never grasp what it means to be ‘a friend’.

Friendship, according to recent research, involves some or all of the following components: taking part in shared activities; developing a sense of trust and mutual support; being able to relax and ‘be yourself’; having your sense of ...

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