Beyond ‘women and language’

a personal and political story


  • Sally McConnell-Ginet Cornell



women and language, political story, language, political

Author Biography

Sally McConnell-Ginet, Cornell

Sally McConnell-Ginet is Cornell Professor of Linguistics Emerita and former president of the Linguistic Society of America and of the International Gender and Language Association. Her publications on social and political dimensions of linguistic practice include Gender and Language (with Penelope Eckert, Cambridge, 2013[2003]), Gender, Sexuality and Meaning (Oxford, 2011) and Words Matter (Cambridge, 2020).


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Eckert, Penelope and McConnell-Ginet, Sally (1992a) Think practically and look locally: language and gender as community-based practice. Annual Review of Anthropology 21: 461–490.

Eckert, Penelope and McConnell-Ginet, Sally (1992b) Communities of practice: where language, gender, and power all live. In Kira Hall, Mary Bucholtz and Birch Moonwomon (eds) Locating Power: Proceedings of the Second Berkeley Conference on Language and Gender Vol. 1 89–99. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Women and Language Group.

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McConnell-Ginet, Sally (2011) Gender, Sexuality, and Meaning: Linguistic Practice and Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McConnell-Ginet, Sally (2020) Words Matter: Meaning and Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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How to Cite

McConnell-Ginet, S. (2021). Beyond ‘women and language’: a personal and political story. Gender and Language, 15(1), 111–118.



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