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Using Corpora to Analyze Genderby Paul Baker
Synopses & Reviews
Corpus linguistics uses specialist software to identify linguistic patterns in large computerised collections of text - patterns which then must be interpreted and explained by human researchers.
This book critically explores how corpus linguistics techniques can help analysis of language and gender by conducting a number of case studies on topics which include: directives in spoken conversations, changes in sexist and non-sexist language use over time, personal adverts, press representation of gay men, and the ways that boys and girls are constructed through language. The book thus covers both gendered usage (e.g. how do males and females use language differently, or not, from each other), and gendered representations (e.g. in what ways are males and females written or spoken about). Additionally, the book shows ways that readers can either explore their own hypotheses, or approach the corpus from a “naïve” position, letting the data drive their analysis from the outset.
The book covers a range of techniques and measures including frequencies, keywords, collocations, dispersion, word sketches, downsizing and triangulation, all in an accessible style.
About the Author
Paul Baker is Professor of English Language in the Department of Linguistics and Modern English language at Lancaster University, UK
Table of Contents
2. Exploring gendered directives in a spoken corpus.
3. Corpus-driven research: going beyond "do women say "lovely" more than men?"
4. Examining changes in (non-) sexist language over time: where are all the spokeswomen? Frequency-based analysis
5. Identifying discourses in corpora: why there was nothing natural about the Daily Mail's representation of gay men
6. Gender representation via word sketches: boys grin, girls giggle
7. Combining approaches - the case of personal adverts
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