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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Reinventing Identities: The Gendered Self in Discourse
Edited By: Mary Bucholtz
Laurel A. Sutton
A. C Liang

Talk is crucial to the way our identities are constructed, altered, and defended. Feminist scholars in particular have only begun to investigate how deeply language reflects and shapes who we think we are. This volume of previously unpublished essays, the first in the new series Studies in Language and Gender, advances that effort by bringing together leading feminist scholars in the area of language and gender, including Deborah Tannen, Jennifer Coates, and Marcyliena Morgan, as well as rising younger scholars. Topics explored include African-American drag queens, gender and class on the shopping channel, and talk in the workplace.

Contents: Introduction: Bad Examples: Transgression and Progress in Language and Gender Studies, Mary Bucholtz Part 1: Identity as Invention 1. No Woman No Cry: Claiming African American Women's Place, Marcyliena Morgan 2. Coherent Identities amid Heterosexist Ideologies:
Deaf and Hearing Lesbian Coming-Out Stories, Kathleen M. Wood 3. Good Guys and "Bad" Girls: Identity Construction by Latina and Latino Student Writers, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana 4. Constructing the Irrational Woman: Narrative Interaction and Agoraphobic Identity, Lisa
Capps 5. Cnotextualizing the Exotic Few: Gender Dichotomies in Lakhota, Sara Trechter Part 2: Identity as Ideology 6. Changing Femininities: The Talk of Teenage Girls, Jennifer Coates 7. Rebaking the Pie: The WOMAN AS DESSERT Metaphor, Caitlin Hines 8. All Media are Created Equal: Do-It-Yourself Identity in Alternative Publishing,
Laurel A. Sutton 9. Strong Language, Strong Actions: Native American Women Writing against Federal Authority, Rebecca J. Dobkins 10. "Opening the Door of Paradise a Cubit": Educated Tunisian Women, Embodied Linguistic Practices, and Theories of Language and Gender, Keith Walters Part 3: Identity as Ingenuity 11. The Display of (Gendered) Identities in Talk at Work, Deborah Tannen 12. Gender, Context, and the Narrative Construction of Identity: Rethinking Models of "Women's Narrative", Patricia E. Sawin 13. Language, Socialization, and Silence in Gay Adolescence, William Leap 14. Turn-Initial No: Collaborative Opposition among Latina Adolescents, Norma Mendoza-Denton 15. Conversationally Implicating Lesbian and Gay Identity, A.C. Liang 16. Indexing Polyphonous Identity in the Speech of African American Drag ueens, Rusty Barrett 17. "She Sired Six Children": Feminist Experiments with Linguistic Gender, Anna Livia 18. Purchasing Power: The Gender and Class Imaginary on the Shopping Channel, Mary Bucholtz 19. Folklore and "News at 6": Gendered Discourse Domains and Language Planning, Colleen Cotter 20. Constructing Opposition within Girls' Games, Marjorie Harness
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Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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ISBN: 0195126300
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Pages: 448 p
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ISBN: 0195126297
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