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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.
Chapter 5: Ideologies of Public and Private Language in Sociolinguistics
The early stages of feminist thought in a discipline are typically associated with filling in gaps: correcting sexist biases in the existing literature and creating new topics out of women's experience. In feminist sociolinguistics examples of such research include the study of gossip (for example, Harding, 1975), of sexist language (Lakoff, 1975), and of women's consciousness-raising groups (Kalcik, 1974). However, as Thorne and Stacey note, as feminist work proceeds in a discipline ‘feminists discover that many gaps were there for a reason, i.e. that existing paradigms systematically ignore or erase the significance of women's experiences and the organization of gender’ (1993: 168). The task of feminist scholars thus goes beyond ...