Language and Gender

LING 415

How does language affect the way we think about sexuality and the sexes? And how do we use language to express our gendered identities within the context of our culture and society? In this course, we investigate stereotypes about the sexes, the construction of social personae through language use, and society's expectations regarding sexuality, behavior, and language use. We will explore the link between language and gender through conducting projects in the field. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

This course will provide students with a background in previous work investigating the relationship between language and gender. For the final project, students will conduct a study which investigates this relationship and which contributes to ongoing debates within the discipline.

What students have said about this course

  • "very interesting & made me think about the world in a whole new way"
  • "Keep up with the reading, don't be afraid to speak up in class - this instructor makes it a safe environment."
  • "It was wonderful." :)


Videos discussed in class

Slides for Metaphor

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