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I'm doing my A2 language coursework at the moment, the language investigation. I have chosen to compare two articles based on the same subject, one written for women, one for men.

I have got the data, I know how to analyse and compare, but what I can't find is theories. I missed nearly all of Language and Gender at AS due to illness, but even with my research, the theories don't fit. They all seem to relate back to speech. I'm genuinely worrying now, so I wondered if anyone had suggestions of theories I can refer to? Please help!
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(Original post by jhooper)
Hi,

I'm doing my A2 language coursework at the moment, the language investigation. I have chosen to compare two articles based on the same subject, one written for women, one for men.

I have got the data, I know how to analyse and compare, but what I can't find is theories. I missed nearly all of Language and Gender at AS due to illness, but even with my research, the theories don't fit. They all seem to relate back to speech. I'm genuinely worrying now, so I wondered if anyone had suggestions of theories I can refer to? Please help!
There should tons of stuff on Gender and language. If you key "Gender, Identity, Language", you should have all the relevant information you need.

I think the problem is that you are trying to "ram theory to text" which is not a good way to go. You should understand how aspects of gender emerge through language -- rather than performing a mix-a-match exercise. A good understanding of language, identity and gender will allow you to read the articles naturally, with an eye to how these articles are "written for" men or "written for" women.

Useful questions could be : How do you know the articles are written for ...? Is it the language or the topic of the articles, or both? How does that come out?

Then this: How might a man "read" the women's article? And how would women "read" a man's article?

Asking these questions will alert you to features that have something to do with gender ideology and gendered language...

If you need more help with gender theory and practice, try this site, which has been a great help. Just ask them: they helped me through my major assignments in language and that included helping me with understanding how to apply Marxism and Post-colonial studies to Conrad's _Heart of Darkness_ which was challenging.

You get the first lesson free (as far as I remember). Otherwise, your teacher should help you. Maybe this helps? Good luck!
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