- Subject index
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.
Chapter 1: Theoretical Debates in Feminist Linguistics: Questions of Sex and Gender
Theoretical Debates in Feminist Linguistics: Questions of Sex and Gender
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 ...