Constructing Gender in Public Arguments: The Female Voice as Emotional Voice

  • Lia Litosseliti


This chapter explores the discursive construction of the female voice as emotional voice in public arguments (i.e. arguments produced in public). In particular, it uses examples of argument from the British media, together with examples from work in this area within different disciplines — in order to theorise some of the diverse ways in which assumptions about gender and emotion are enacted in discourse, and shape discourse. Further, the chapter deals with the links between the discursive construction of the female as emotional and women’s social positions in the public sphere. Given the political agenda of feminist linguistics, a robust analysis of such discursive construction, particularly as it is used in prevalent public arguments about social politics and ethics, is an important way of identifying and problematising these links.


Gender Identity Public Sphere Public Argument Female Voice Critical Discourse Analysis 
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  • Lia Litosseliti
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  1. 1.City UniversityLondonUK

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