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Language, indexicality and gender ideologies: contextual effects on the perceived credibility of women

Language, indexicality and gender ideologies: contextual effects on the perceived credibility of women

Levon, Erez and Ye, Yang ORCID: 0000-0001-7142-3869 (2020) Language, indexicality and gender ideologies: contextual effects on the perceived credibility of women. Gender and Language. ISSN 1747-6321 (Print), 1747-633X (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

It is well established that listeners’ attitudes to variability in language are affected by context. One speaker’s use of a particular form will not necessarily be evaluated in the same way as another’s use of that same form, and the pragmatic meanings listeners associate with speech depend on the specific social setting in which that speech occurs. In this paper, we explore how this contextual sensitivity of sociolinguistic perception interacts with broader ideologies about gender. Specifically, we examine how the use of “uptalk”, or rising final intonation on declarative utterances, impacts on the perceived credibility of women versus men in different legal contexts, including those characterized by strong ideologies of gender (e.g., a rape trial) and those in which that ideological framing is less pronounced (e.g., a medical malpractice trial). Our goal is to identify how social ideologies about gender affect listeners’ perceptions of uptalk, and to explore the ramifications that these perceptions have on women’s ability to be believed in a courtroom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indexicality, perception, credibility, gender, uptalk, rape myths
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 09:36
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25810

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