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Deborah Cameron

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Chapter 1: Theoretical Debates in Feminist Linguistics: Questions of Sex and Gender

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Theoretical Debates in Feminist Linguistics: Questions of Sex and Gender
Theoretical debates in feminist linguistics: Questions of sex and gender
DeborahCameron

The theoretical debates which I will examine are debates about sex/gender, its relationship to language and language use, and the implications of that relationship. All these are matters on which feminist scholars disagree - an important point to make, because outsiders often see feminist scholarship as a homogeneous category, defined by assumptions which all feminists must share. In fact, feminist scholarship encompasses diverse views, and not infrequently conflicting ones.

For the purposes of this discussion, ‘feminist linguistics' will be taken to mean something different from the study of language and gender per se. In practice the two overlap significantly - most contemporary language and gender research is ...

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