maggie.gibbon at DCU.IE
Mon May 22 12:58:44 UTC 2000
To reply to Amy's request and at the risk of self-promotion, my book
"Feminist perspectives on language", 1999, Longmans, IS aimed at first
year undergraduates of a variety of disciplines. It has a strong
sociological dimension, focuses on methodological issues and
interpretation and relates feminist linguistics to feminist theory in
general. It attempts to be very user-friendly so has exercises, boxes,
chapter summaries, a glossary and suggestions for research projects.
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Subject: Re: textbook recommendations
Author: List for Feminists in Linguistics <FLING at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG> at
Date: 18/05/00 08:48
Are any of these texts or readings usable for first year students who are
nonlinguistics majors in a general intro to "Language & Society", which
would NOT be an Intro to Sociolinguistics? Does anyone have any
suggestions of a "sociolinguistics" text that IS for that beginning and
generalist level and which has a strong, current treatment og language and
gender, if that's possible.
On Thu, 18 May 2000, Bonnie McElhinny wrote:
> These are some comments in response to Beth Simon's request for information
> on textbooks in sociolinguistics, w. particular reference to those which
> have strong treatments of gender.
> The linguistic anthropology list had a discussion last year about which
> textbooks people preferred. The results were published by Cindy Dunn and
> Jim Wilce in the Anthropology Newsletter in December 1999. The textbooks
> most widely used by linguistic anthropologists were those written by
> Michael Agar, Nancy Bonvillain, Alessandro Duranti, William Foley, Gary
> Palmer, Zdenek Salzmann and Ronald Wardhaugh (see full citations below).
> Note that these don't necessarily include coverage of topics that might be
> seen as more central to sociolinguists.
> At IGALA, Claire Hicks, Jeff Hotzkener, Marijke Hols, Susanne Unger and I
> presented the first round of results of our project investigating the way
> gender shapes publication and citation rates in sociolinguistics and
> linguistic anthropology, in a paper entitled "women's writing in
> sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology." We've been looking at the
> percentages of women published and cited in different journals, and in
> textbooks. Of the 15 textbooks published, or published with new editions in
> the 1990s, 8 include a chapter on language and gender (Bonvillain,
> Chambers, Fasold 1990, Foley, Holmes, Macaulay, Romaine, Wardhaugh). 2 of
> these include 2 chapters on language and gender (Holmes, Bonvillain).
> Although there's another project investigating precisely how language and
> gender research is defined and understood by those often not working in the
> field, my sense of these chapters on language and gender is that many of
> them are shockingly out of date, focusing largely on Lakoff's work and on
> early variationist work on gender. To my mind the strongest one-chapter
> treatment in a textbook is Foley's. I would still, however, use one of the
> chapter-length surveys by practitioners in the field instead, or as a
> supplement (possibilities include Eckert/McConnell-Ginet's paper in the
> Annual Review, Gal's paper in Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge and,
> for classes aimed at teachers/educators, perhaps my chapter with Rebecca
> Freeman in Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching).
> Textbooks Analyzed.
> Agar, Michael. 1994. Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of
> Conversation. NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
> Bonvillain, Nancy. 2000. Language, Culture and Communication: The
> Meaning of Messages. 3rd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
> Chambers, J.K. 1995. Sociolinguistic Theory. Oxford: Blackwell.
> Duranti, Alessandro. 1997. Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge:
> Cambridge University Press.
> Fasold, Ralph. 1984. The Sociolinguistics of Society. Introduction to
> Sociolinguistics Volume I. Oxford: Blackwell.
> -------. 1990. Sociolinguistics of Language. Introduction to
> Sociolinguistics Volume II. Oxford: Blackwell.
> Foley, William. 1997. Anthropological Linguistics: An Introduction.
> Oxford: Blackwell.
> Hanks, William. 1996. Language and Communicative Practices. Boulder, CO:
> Holmes, Janet. 1992. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. London: Longman.
> Hudson, R. A. 1996. Sociolinguistics. 2nd edition. Cambridge:
> Cambridge University Press.
> Macaulay, Ronald. 1994. The Social Art: Language and Its Uses.
> NY: Oxford University Press.
> Palmer, Gary. 1996. Toward a Theory of Cultural Linguistics. Austin:
> University of Texas Press.
> Romaine, Suzanne. 1994. Language in Society: An Introduction to
> Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
> Salzmann, Zdenek. 1993. Language, Culture and Society: An Introduction
> to Linguistic Anthropology. Boulder: Westview Press.
> Wardhaugh, Ronald. 1992. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 2nd
> edition. Oxford: Blackwell.
> Bonnie McElhinny
> Assistant Professor, Anthropology
> University of Toronto
> 100 St. George St.
> Toronto Ontario M5S 3G3
> phone: 416-978-3297
> fax: 416-978-3217
> em: bonnie.mcelhinny at utoronto.ca
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