ISBN : 9780195119893
Context Counts assembles, for the first time, the work of pre-eminent linguist Robin Tolmach Lakoff. A career that spans some forty years, Lakoff remains one of the most influential linguists of the 20th-century. The early papers show the genesis of Lakoff's inquiry into the relationship of language and social power, ideas later codified in the groundbreaking Language and Woman's Place and Talking Power. The late papers reflect her continued exposition of power dynamnics beyond gender that are established and represented in language. This volume offers a retrospective analysis of Lakoff's work, with each paper preceded by an introduction from a prominent linguist in the field, including both contemporaries and students of Lakoff's work, and further, Lakoff's own conversation with these responses. This engaging and, at times, moving reevaluation pays homage to Lakoff's far-reaching influence upon linguistics, while also serving as an unusual form of autobiography revealing the decades' long evolution of a scholary career.
Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction By Laurel Sutton 1. Language in context (1972) Introduction by Sally McConnell-Ginet 2. The logic of politeness; or, Minding your P's and Q's (1973) Introduction by Sachiko Ide 3. Excerpts from two 1974 papers: Pluralism in linguistics; Linguistic theory and the real world Introduction by Birch Moonwomon 4. You say what you are: Acceptability and gender-related language (1977) Introduction by Mary Bucholtz 5. Stylistic strategies within a grammar of style (1979) Introduction by Deborah Tannen 6. When talk is not cheap: Psychotherapy as conversation (1979) Introduction by Joan Swann 7. Some of my favorite writers are literate (1982) Introduction by Jenny Cook-Gumperz 8. Persuasive discourse and ordinary conversation: Advertising as an example (1982) Introduction by Janet S. (Shibamoto) Smith 9. Doubletalk: Sexism in tech talk (1983) Introduction by Susan Ervin-Tripp 10. My life in court (1986) Introduction by Susan Blackwell 11. The way we were; or; The real actual truth about generative semantics: A memoir (1989) Introduction by Georgia Green 12. Women and disability (review essay) (1989) Introduction by Suzette Haden Elgin 13. Pragmatics and the law: Speech act theory confronts the First Amendment (1992) Introduction by Susan C. Herring 14. The rhetoric of reproduction (1992) Introduction by Laurel A. Sutton 15. True confessions? Pragmatic competence and criminal confession (1996) Introduction by Linda Coleman 16. Afterword by Robin Lakoff