Communication and Culture | Ways of Speaking
C229 | 15636 | Chmielewska, K.
TuTh, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, WI C111
Fulfills College S&H Requirement
Instructor: Kasia Chmielewska
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 273
Quick—do you know how to talk to a man? Or a woman? If not, don’t
worry. There are dozens of print and online magazines that will be
happy to let you in on the secrets of “man talk” and “girl talk.”
Most likely you’ll find out that women like to share, and men are
the silent types. Yet when you try to talk to a man or a woman
assuming this, conversations often don’t work out all that well.
The relation between language and gender is more complicated than a
distinction between “pink” and “blue” talk.
This course will provide students with knowledge of key issues in
the field of gender and language. We will examine language and
gender as social phenomena. Drawing on concepts from linguistic
ethnography, sociolinguistics, and gender studies, we will explore
connections between linguistic practice and construction of gender
and other aspects of identity. In this class the students will be
able to approach language and gender difference in a way that will
emphasize the diversity among male and female speakers and the
importance of ever-changing norms that structure the way we
Work expected in the class includes active participation, midterm
and final exams, response papers and a final paper.