Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Bradshaw


Previously coded ALM5390


The unit examines the role of language in the construction of identity or identities, with a particular focus on gender identity. It examines the relationship between language, gender and the representation of masculinities and femininities, particularly in spoken texts. Topics covered include speech styles of women and men speaking in same sex and mixed sex groups, the issue of power and gender, sexuality, and women and men in their speech communities. In addition, language and identity construction will be examined in relation to nationality, ethnicity, religion, youth culture and second language learning.


On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  • Summarize key theoretical debates in relation to identity and language
  • Compare the approaches of theorists from different discipline backgrounds
  • Reflect on gender differences across languages in the light of theoretical and empirical studies
  • Evaluate major methodological approaches to the study of identity and language
  • Work in teams to apply at least one methodology to a selected context
  • Use data thus collected to support an argument in relation to theoretical debates
  • Present a coherent oral and written account of research thus conducted.


Written Work (9,000 words in total): 100%

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Contact hours

2 hour lecture/seminar (Day students only)