The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the sociolinguistic research on gendered language over the last 40 years. It will examine the various theories that attempt to account for gendered linguistic differences from the earlier essentialist approaches to the latest contemporary paradigms and will explore gendered discourse in various contexts of everyday life. Assessable learning outcomes: By the end of this module it is anticipated that the student will be able to: • discuss the key areas of sociolinguistic research on language and gender; • demonstrate their knowledge of key terms and concepts; • demonstrate understanding of the links claimed to exist between a speaker’s use of certain linguistic features and their gender; • describe sociolinguistic theories that attempt to account for gender differences in language; • collect, transcribe and analyse data; • organise knowledge and articulate arguments effectively in writing.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: III A