Gender and Language, Vol 11, No 4 (2017)

Sociolinguistics of gender/sexual stereotyping: a transnational perspective

Michelle M. Lazar
Issued Date: 6 Dec 2017


In commenting on the articles in this special issue, I focus on a sociolinguistics of gender and sexual stereotyping through a transnational perspective. Defining stereotypes as distillations of types of persons and practices expressive of ideological meanings and integral to power relations, a sociolinguistics study of stereotyping is proposed as encompassing a number of dimensions: the constitutiveness of language, discourse and genre; flatness and roundedness of stereotypes; negative and positive social meanings; enduring and shifting stereotypes; identity entanglements; power(s) of stereotyping; and local and translocal aspects. The multifaceted dimensions emerge out of a transnational perspective of studies from a variety East Asian contexts. Such a perspective surfaces shared resonances of heteropatriarchy across these contexts as well as distinctive articulations of hegemony and change in particular situations.

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DOI: 10.1558/genl.34574


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