Language And Gender
There are many magazines paying attention on gender and many faithful to language. Most of these sometimes publish articles on language and gender. However, there is no single erudite journal to which those interested in gender and language can turn as contributors looking for an audience sharing their focus a reliable source for ongoing discussions in the field. Gender and language fills the gap by presenting an international forum for research on and argument about feminist research on gender and language. It showcases study and research on femininities and masculinities, on gender at the level of individual performance or perception and on sexual characteristics at the level of institutions and ideologies.
Two Key extents
Language and Gender defines gender along two key extents. First, gender is a key element of social relationships often loosely linked to superficial differences between the sexes. Gender relations are preset in linguistic (relating to language) and symbolic representations, normative concepts, social practices, institutions and social identities.
Second, gender is a primary field for communicative power, intersecting in complex ways with other axis of inequality, like class, race, and sexuality. Gender is understood as versatile, always changing, and often challenge: the editors welcome discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of challenging definitions of gender and of new analytical point of view. The journal encourages discussion and question about the implications of different definitions of gender and different approaches to analyzing the production and understanding of texts and speech.
The language and gender topic concerns, 1) How the men and women use language in two different ways and, 2) How the language structures reflects or promotes gender division within a society. When considering the first area, the interesting questions includes, does one gender tend to take up more polite expressions? Use different patterns of tone when speaking? Tend to speak up louder? Interrupt more? Employ a high pitch range? Use different body language and facial expressions.
Regarding the second area, consider the following: Anyone who has studied a second language recognizes that his language is closely connected to his sense of self.
As opposed to: All of us who have studied a second language recognize that our language is intimately connected to our sense of self.
You might ask what the difference is. "Why should one pronoun be so important?" many would quarrel that non-inclusive does not cause, but merely reflects the society. Others believe that language has power not only to shape our view of the world, but our view of who we believe ourselves to be, and our place in society.