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By Ruth Wodak

The individuals to this assortment provide a vital creation to the ways that feminist linguistics and significant discourse research have contributed to our realizing of gender and intercourse. by means of reading how those views were utilized to those suggestions, the members offer either a assessment of the literature, in addition to a chance to keep on with the newest debates during this zone. Gender and Discourse brings jointly eu, American and Australian traditions of study. via an research of a variety of `real' information, the members exhibit the relevance of those theoretical and methodological insights for gender learn specifically and social perform regularly.

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Parents and other authority fIgures encourage little girls to adopt a gender-specifrc way of speaking which displays their femininity linguistically in the same way that wearing frilly dresses, playing with dolls, 'throwing like a girl' and avoiding 'rough' play displays lone culture's norm of) femininity physically. And this femininity is not just an arbitrary collection of traits whose function is to mark off girls as different from boys, it is a symbolic enactment of powerlessness: about taking up less space, making fewer demands, appearing weaker and less aggressive than boys.

This, I take it, is that women's ways of speaking in any community, or for that matter the ways of speaking that are folk-linguistically associated with women, whether accurately or not, constitute a symbolic display of that community's concepts of the norms for femininity. The actual substance of the latter can vary con­ siderably: the ethnographic literature shows, for example, that whereas some communities llike Lakoff's) regard indirectness as typically a feminine speech trait, others llike the Malagasy speakers described by Ochs, 1974) associate women with direct styles and men with indirect­ ness.

26 GENDER AND DISCOURSE childhood socialization. Parents and other authority fIgures encourage little girls to adopt a gender-specifrc way of speaking which displays their femininity linguistically in the same way that wearing frilly dresses, playing with dolls, 'throwing like a girl' and avoiding 'rough' play displays lone culture's norm of) femininity physically. And this femininity is not just an arbitrary collection of traits whose function is to mark off girls as different from boys, it is a symbolic enactment of powerlessness: about taking up less space, making fewer demands, appearing weaker and less aggressive than boys.

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