Organizational unit: Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies
Course type: Hybrid course
The course is about the study of the relationship between language and society. It will highlight the various functions that a language performs in a society which results in disparity of genders. Therefore, this course aims at exploring the role of gender as a sociolinguistic variable in the linguistic behaviour of males and females. Participants will learn past and contemporary theoretical approaches to the analysis of gendered linguistic practices which will enable them to examine these practices against a range of contexts. The participants will critically analyse how linguistic practices and patterns are shaped by gender, culture and society through the examination of issues relating to gender and language use in general and in patriarchal societies in particular. At the end of the course, the participant will describe and analyse the features of linguistic patterns/ practices in relation to gender.
Form of examination: Presentation – Reaction Paper
Course coordinators: Ms Ayesha Zafar
– Litosseliti, L. (2006). Gender and Language: Theory and Practice. London: Hodder Arnold.
– Sunderland, J. (2006). Gender and Language: An advanced resource book. London: Routledge.
– Coates, J. (1998). Language and Gender. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing
– Penelope, E., and McConnell-Ginet, S. (2013). Language and gender. 2nd ed. UK: Cambridge University Press.
Duration: Thursdays 14 April – 21 July