Thinking about language and gender: a South African perspective

SOURCE: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2006
TITLE AUTHOR(S): V.Reddy, E.De Kadt
KEYWORDS: GENDER, LANGUAGE RIGHTS, RESEARCH
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4321

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Abstract

This brief critical review considers the historical and theoretical development of language and gender research by abstracting some of the key themes, debates and ideas before extending these to the issues raised in this editions. The paper raises questions about the empirical context within which language/gender studies research is taking place and situates current research within a broad theoretical and methodological frame. Furthermore, the paper suggests that some important research is taking place in non-linguistic disciplines that frame gender as a social category in terms of its construction within and through language.