Double-voicing at work:power, gender and linguistic expertise

Baxter, Judith Double-voicing at work:power, gender and linguistic expertise. Palgrave Macmillan.

Abstract

'Double-voicing' means that when a person speaks, they have a heightened awareness of the concerns and agendas of others, which is reflected in the ways they adjust their language in response to interlocutors. The Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin famously applied the concept of 'double-voiced discourse' to the world of literature, but just touched upon its relevance to everyday language. This book reveals how 'double-voicing' is an inherent and routine part of spoken interactions within educational and professional contexts. Double-voicing is closely related to the ways in which power relations are constructed between speakers, as it is often used by less powerful speakers to negotiate perceived threats from more powerful others. The book explores how women leaders use double-voicing more than men as a means of gaining acceptance and approval in the workplace. While double-voicing at times indexes a speaker's linguistic insecurity, the book argues that it can be harnessed to demonstrate linguistic expertise.

Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language research group
Languages & Social Sciences > Languages and translation studies research group
Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Additional Information: Baxter, J., Double-voicing at work: power, gender and linguistic expertise, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=686567
Uncontrolled Keywords: conversational insecurity,double-voicing,gender,single-voicing

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