Gender and Language, Vol 9, No 1 (2015)

Gendering selves, gendering others – in (Greek) interaction

Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou
Issued Date: 19 Mar 2015


Until quite recently, research on gender and interaction revolved primarily around the use of gendered categories and third person reference in the English language. Based on data from Greek talk-in-interaction, the aim of this paper is to point to some non-referential aspects of gendering. More specifically, adopting a conversation analytic perspective, instances of collective and individual self-reference – in itself not gendered in Greek – are analysed and shown to acquire gendered meanings in the specific context, without the deployment of terms or categories marked by grammatical or lexical gender. Such self-genderings impact on the gendering of recipients via the reflexivity of participants’ roles in interaction. Gendering oneself and others thus emerges as a dynamic process that fully exploits the inherent features of interaction, in interplay with the specific means that a language makes available to its users.

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DOI: 10.1558/genl.v9i1.19377


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