Since I started sharing my thoughts on this blog, I’ve occasionally been asked to share them with other audiences. This page contains links to some stuff which readers of Language: a feminist guide might find interesting to read or listen to. (I know there’s an argument I should have made this page the other way up, with the newest links at the top; at some point I might reconstruct it, but at the moment it’s not a very long list, so if you’re looking for the most recent stuff just scroll down to the bottom.)
First up, an episode of The Why Factor, a BBC World Service programme, on ‘Men, women and language’. First broadcast on 20 November 2017, it examines some common beliefs about the way women communicate, especially in the workplace. I’m not the only linguist featured: there’s also Janet Holmes talking about her long-running project on gender and workplace communication in New Zealand, Bjarke Frellesvig discussing gendered language norms in Japanese, and Lilian Lem Atanga on the treatment of women speakers in sub-Saharan Africa (her own recent research focuses on the case of the Cameroonian Parliament). Over the years I’ve contributed to a lot of broadcasts on this general topic: this is definitely one of the most interesting and thoughtful.
Also in November 2017, I was interviewed for the first in a new series of podcasts called BOSS, made by members of the Gender and Authority research network at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities).
For anyone who subscribes to the TES, I contributed a piece in August 2019 about the language of media reports on child sexual abuse.
In July 2020 I was one of the contributors to an episode of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb about domestic violence in language, story, song and myth. It also features three fantastic women writers–the poet and memoirist Natasha Trethewey, the poet Louise Fazackerley and the singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams, who read/perform their own work during the programme.
Also broadcast in July 2020: this episode of BBC Radio 4’s regular language programme Word of Mouth, in which I talk to Nikki Bedi about words used for women, what they tell us and why they matter.