2011.01.24 - COGN 20 Monday 24 January 2011 J.L Austin...

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COGN 20 Monday 24 January 2011
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J.L. Austin: Performativity Constative utterances: describe reality, and can be evaluated according to their truth-value. Performative utterances: produce a new reality, and can be evaluated according to their efficacy.
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Robin Lakoff Professor of Linguistics, UC-Berkeley Theorizes the function of language as a social and political force Has focused especially on the gendered dynamics of language and interaction
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Language, Politics, and Power Language as “an artifact of the mind rather than the body” (86). “Our every interaction is political, whether we intend it to be or not” (88). Micropolitics: “strategies that create and enhance power differences among individuals” (92). Macropolitics: “power relationships within and between groups [such as] nations, religions, races, and institutions” (92).
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“Women’s Language” A study of how language constructs gendered power relations between women and men
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