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Wed Oct 06 2010

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Socioling/UK

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        1.    Cornelia Ilie, Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface

Message 1: Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface
Date: 05-Oct-2010
From: Cornelia Ilie <cornelia.iliegmail.com>
Subject: Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface
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Gendering Discourses at the Private-public Sphere Interface

Date: 03-Jul-2011 - 08-Jul-2011
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact: Cornelia Ilie
Contact Email: cornelia.iliegmail.com
Meeting URL: http://ipra.ua.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Panel convener:
Cornelia Ilie, Malmö University, Sweden

The aim of the panel is to explore, by means of interdisciplinary approaches,
the emerging discursive practices of women and men at the interface between
private conversations and institutional dialogues in the field of journalistic,
advertising and political interaction. Taking into account specific historical
conditions and socio-cultural traditions, the panelists' contributions combine
analytical approaches devolving from discourse analysis, critical discourse
analysis, sociolinguistics, rhetoric and gender studies, to name but a few.
These contributions are meant to stimulate a wider discussion about the
empirical examination of gender role instantiations in various discourses, on
the one hand, and about the theoretical issue regarding the selection of
relevant analytical tools for mapping and investigating patterns of
interactional gender dynamics through the co-construction of gender identity
instantiated in interactional dynamics, discursive roles and interpersonal

For many women, important communication occurs both in the private and in the
public realm, where interactional strategies are sometimes directed at
persuading and changing others and sometimes at achieving understanding and
consensus. Initially research on gender-related communication patterns was
carried out on private conversations (Lakoff 1975, Tannen 1990, 1992, Hirschman
1994), but more recently attention has gradually started to focus on women's
linguistic behaviour in the workplace (Tannen 1995, Eckert and McConnell-Ginet
1992, Holmes 2006), in the classroom and academic institutions (Lakoff 1990,
Walkerdine 1990, 1998, Wodak 1997, Cameron 2006), in political and legal
settings (Felderer 1997, Kotthoff 1997, McElhinny 1997, Lakoff 2000, Glenn 2004,
Walsh 2006, Wodak 2008). The analytical emphasis has generally ranged from the
overall structure of women's and men's narratives/dialogues down to the level of
specific phrase and word usage. While both empirical and theoretical studies
have proven invaluable in enhancing our awareness and knowledge of commonalities
and differences in communication styles across genders, no particular efforts
have been made to correlate the parallel analyses of institutional and of
non-institutional patterns of language use as they occur in women's and men's
private and public interactions.

The interactive strategies used in interpersonal and institutional positioning
to reinforce or challenge the power balance between women and men can adequately
be examined only by correlating the micro- and macro-levels of analysis in
relation to socio-political cultures, conversational norms, institutional
procedures, gender roles and rhetorical speaking styles. The panel contributors'
theoretical approaches will offer complementary perspectives on the verbal,
paraverbal, and nonverbal levels of same-gender and cross-gender communication.
The individual analyses take into account culture-specific, language-specific
and genre-specific factors, such as establishing and negotiating discursive
roles and interactional relations, asserting and/or downplaying collocutor
authority, asserting and/or refuting gendered positionings.
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