Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:15 PM

Professor: Mai Kuha

In this course, we investigate in detail how language and gender are related. How do we use linguistic resources in constructing our gender identities and in perceiving others in gendered terms?

We can see how language reflects gender, and also constructs it, in labels and descriptions applied to people (for example, address terms and the linguistic representation of gender roles in pop culture). After looking at how gendered identities are constructed, we will focus mostly on conversational style, and examine how people use language for purposes such as claiming authority or solidarity in various contexts, such as the workplace and the family. We may also look at cultural variation in the interaction of language and gender.

Readings will consist of articles and chapters on electronic reserve. Course requirements will include observing how language and gender interact in various arenas.