9. BARBARA FOX, University of Colorado
Dr. Barbara Fox
University of Colorado
Dept. of Linguistics
Campus Box 295
Boulder, CO 80309
OFFICE HOURS: MW 8-10 AM, and by appointment
OFFICE: WOODBURY 404, 492-6305
Language and Gender
GOALS: To make visible the unseen but ever-present force
of language in one's life as a gendered person, including how
categories of language and communicative habits shape one's
beliefs about one's self and others.
Required Text: Graddol, David and Swann, Joan. Gender
Questions that the class will address include:
--Do men and women speak differently? If so, in what
--What kinds of distinctions in languages are made between
men and women (for example in vocabulary)?
--What do these differences (if they indeed exist) mean for
the lives of men and women in various societies?
--How do societies differ in the role of language in creating
--Why do languages and language users make the kinds of
distinctions discussed above (if they do)?
--How is gender related to power, socio-economic class, and
race in different societies with regard to language use?
2 midterms (15% each) = 30%
1 final = 20%
homework = 20%
project = 20%
attendance = 10%
Students are required to read the assigned textbook and any
assigned photocopied articles.
The project is a group assignment (FIVE people per group).
The written version of this project will be due the last day of
class; your group will give an oral presentation of the project
during the last two weks of class. Each group's oral
presentation will be 15 minutes long. The project will be a
piece of original research that involves you exploring one of
the topics of the class by observing, surveying, or
interviewing people (or traces of their behavior) in the
Boulder/Denver area, or by conducting library research on a
topic relevant to the class. The written report of the project
should be 5-8 pages (typed). Your group should get my
approval for your project before starting the research.
Students will be asked to think critically about all of the
readings, especially with regard to the possibility of author's
Make-Up Exams: Students who are unable to take the
midterms at the scheduled time will be allowed to take a
make-up exam (1) if they give the instructor 2 weeks prior
notice, or (2) you have a written excuse from a doctor (or
some other authority).
January 13 Introduction
15 Sex and Gender, Race and Gender [chapter 1]
18 NO CLASS (MLK DAY)
22 Lexicon [chapter 5]
29 Pronunciation [chapter 2]
5 Morphology and Syntax [chapter 3]
12 MIDTERM #1
15 Discourse Strategies [chapter 4]
22 Gender, Race, Socio-economic class
26 Language in Institutional Settings
5 MIDTERM #2
12 Parent-Child Interactions
17 "Passing" as the other gender
22-26 SPRING BREAK
29 Humor and Gender
April 2 NO CLASS
5-30 PROJECT REPORTS
May 3 Review
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