A Beginner's Guide to Language and Gender Author: Allyson Jule

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05 Feb 2008
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A Beginnerís Guide to Language and Gender offers a broad and accessible introduction to the study of gender and language use for those new to the subject. The book introduces the theoretical and practical perspectives, including relevant frameworks necessary to understand ways in which language interacts with gender/sex in various settings, including: in media, in schools, in places of business, in places of worship, and at home.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I explores the historical background to the study of gender and language, moving through past theoretical approaches and debates to current views and trends. In Part II, gender and language use are examined in various contexts, specifically in the media, in classrooms, in the workplace, in the Western church, and at home. Each chapter offers study questions and further reading suggestions. There is also a helpful glossary of key terms at the back of the book. A Beginnerís Guide to Language and Gender is designed to be appealing, informative and, above all, accessible for readers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.


This engaging handbook by Allyson Jule shows that Gender and Language is equally about our personal and lived experience as it is about different scholarly perspectives and theories. It shows that acting out our lives as gendered people implicates all aspects of our selves: as students, partners, parents, workers, friends, worshippers, entertainers and consumers of culture. The book provides a guide through the subject’s historical origins, key theoretical perspectives and latest thinking in the field. It also invites readers to consider how gender and language influences education, the workplace, the media, religion and a range of interpersonal and social contexts.

- Dr. Judith Baxter, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Reading, UK

Allyson Jule’s handbook on Gender and Language Use is an engaging introduction to key concepts, developments and debates in the field of gender and language studies. First time students of gendered language use will find its glossary, study questions and bibliography helpful entry points into this field. Jule’s survey of gendered language use in context provides a foundation for, and will hopefully inspire, further study of gender and language use. For Jule does not only provide an introduction to gender and language studies in this book; she explains why such studies matter.

- Kate Power, Doctoral candidate, Lancaster University, UK

Allyson Jule's book offers a compact, accessible, up-to-the minute introduction to a range of hot topics in language and gender. She examines the relevance of gender in understanding the way we use language in the media, education, the workplace, and the church, as well as in personal relationships, Jule brings a stringently critical lens to bear in exploring the political implications of different choices, extending the discussion to encompass issues such as poverty and globalisation.

- Janet Holmes, Professor of Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

This book provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the ever-popular topic of Language and Gender, exploring the fascinating links between language, gender and identity.

- Jennifer Coates, Professor of English Language & Linguistics Roehampton University, UK

Author Biography:

Allyson Jule, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. Her research concentrates on gender and language use in various classrooms settings, including gender at an intersection with ethnicity and religious identity. She is also the author of Gender, Participation and Silence in the Language Classroom: Sh-shushing the Girls (2004), the editor of Gender and the Language of Religion (2005), Language and Religious Identity: Women in Discourse (2007), and a co-editor of Being Feminist, Being Christian: Essays from Academia (2006).

Readership Level:

Undergraduate, Text

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