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Full Title: Genderlectal Differentiation in the Outer and Expanding Circles? Corpus-linguistic Explorations

      
Short Title: Workshop of ICAME 38
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Start Date: 24-May-2017 - 24-May-2017
Contact: Tobias Bernaisch
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://icame.ff.cuni.cz/pre-conference-workshops/
Meeting Description: This is to bring to your attention the call for papers for the ICAME 38 pre-conference workshop ''Genderlectal differentiation in the Outer and Expanding Circles? Corpus-linguistic explorations'' to take place in Prague on 24 May 2017.

The ways in which females and males use linguistic resources is a seemingly timeless and all-pervasive topic in the popular media (e.g. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, Gray (1992)). Academic examinations of present-day English – be they anecdotal or empirical – have similarly sought to delineate inter alia phonetic (cf. Weinberg & Bennett 1971), lexical (cf. Lakoff 1977) and grammatical (cf. Cheshire 1978) characteristics of the two gender groups for several decades. As women have repeatedly been empirically profiled as leaders of linguistic change (cf. e.g. Labov 1990; Nevalainen 1996; Raumolin-Brunberg & Nurmi 1997), it is hardly surprising that there is also a pronounced interest in genderlectal variation in the history of English (see e.g. Pallander-Collin (cf. 1999: 125) discussing spelling variation or Nevalainen (2002) on pragmatic principles of address forms in Early Modern English).

Despite extensive research in the field, studies of gender and English have generally relied on native speaker data – with a few laudable exceptions such as Lange (cf. 2012: 189–191) profiling Indian women as linguistic innovators in their outer-circle variety. Thus, the proposed workshop widens the scope of genderlectal research via the systematic exploration of English-as-a-second- (ESL) and English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) varieties by addressing the following and related research questions in an empirically valid fashion:

- What is the (statistical) importance and role of gender as a sociolinguistic variable in comparison to others such as age, social class, ethnicity, etc. in structural choices in ESL and EFL varieties and do results imply that gender lects are robust subcategories of outer- and expanding-circle varieties
- Are there differences in how females and males contribute to linguistic changes in outer- and expanding-circle varieties and what implications do these findings have for the alleged paradigm gap between ESL and EFL varieties
- Does methodological triangulation of corpus analyses with e.g. survey data, eye-tracking experiments, etc. in outer- and expanding-circle varieties enable the identification of females or males as agents of linguistic change in a statistically sound manner when the change concerned is only in its infancy and relevant corpus-based frequencies thus very low
- To what extent do indigenous cultural differences across the sexes (e.g. in Japanese with gender-specific sentence-final particles (cf. Jorden 1974)) influence female and male structural choices across various ESL and EFL varieties and what are resulting implications for the definition of gender in relation to biological sex across the three Kachruvian (1985) circles?
Linguistic Subfield: Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.4909


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