ERIC Number: ED328063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Feminism for Girls: Linguistic Practice in Rural Australia.
A study investigated the effects of the language used in the school environment on girls' perspectives on femininity. Subjects were aged 4-11, and were the only girls in a small rural Australian school. Data were gathered by analysis of spoken and written language used in the classroom. Analysis focused on relationships and socialization as reflected in language use. The texts discussed include stories written by the girls and transcripts of conversations. Style of writing, perceptions of their own role in the world, awareness of the future, the influence of popular fiction, differing relationships with different adults, and awareness of others' attitudes about women are examined. It is concluded that in all the language samples, the relationship between language and social structure is apparent, and that the encoding and transmission of culture occurs through language. Construction of text can either maintain the status quo or allow for change. Linear, non-linear, and non-structural aspects of text are all viewed as essential considerations. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).