Books and edited volumes


Leadership, Discourse and Ethnicity (2011)

Leadership, Discourse and Ethnicity

Janet Holmes, Meredith Marra and Bernadette Vine

Oxford: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0-19-973074-2 (Paperback) | 978-0-19-973075-9 (Hardcover)

Table of Contents

  • Approaching the Analysis of Leadership and Ethnicity p. 3
  • Collecting the Data p. 26
  • Constructing Leadership through Language p. 42
  • Business Meetings p. 60
  • Relational Talk at Work p. 83
  • Co-Leadership p. 107
  • Māori Leadership at Work p. 128
  • Learning from Intercultural Research p.147

Gendered Talk at Work (2006)

Gendered Talk at Work

Janet Holmes

Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1758-6 (Hardcover) | 978-1-4051-7845-7 (E-book)

Table of Contents

  • The role of gender in workplace talk p. 1
  • Gender and leadership talk at work p. 32
  • Relational practice - not just women's work p. 74
  • Humour in the workplace - not just men's play p. 108
  • Contest, challenge and complaint - gendered discourse? p. 140
  • Women and men telling stories at work p. 174
  • Giving women the last word p. 208

Getting Things Done at Work (2004)

Getting Things Done at Work

Bernadette Vine

Amsterdam: John Benjamins

ISBN: 978-9-0272-5366-8 (Hardcover) | 978-1-5881-1521-8 (Hardcover) | 978-9-0272-9538-5 (Ebook)

The linguistic study of workplace language is a new and exciting area of research. This book explores the expression of power in a New Zealand workplace through examination of 52 everyday interactions between four women and their colleagues. The main focus of this research is the expression of three types of "control acts", i.e. directives, requests, and advice. The women include two managers who demonstrate an interactive participative style of management. They tend to minimise rather than exert power, although their status is still evident in their speech.

The study is original in its combination of a quantitative and a qualitative approach, as well as in its combination of a detailed categorisation of head acts and an analysis of context and role relationships. Through the design of the study and the methodology used, the results challenge earlier research both on power and control acts. The data analysed is drawn from the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction p. 1
  • Directives, requests and advice p.15
  • Identifying control acts p.39
  • Analysis of control act head acts p. 63
  • Modification of control act head acts p. 93
  • Exploring control acts in context p. 121
  • Control acts between Managers and their staff p. 147
  • Managers and power in the workplace p. 167
  • Language and power between equals p. 201

Power and Politeness in the Workplace (2003)

Power and Politeness in the Workplace

Janet Holmes and Maria Stubbe

Harlow, UK: Pearson Education

ISBN: 978-0-5823-6877-4

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Table of Contents

  • Power, politeness and the workplace context
  • From office to production line: constructing a corpus of workplace data
  • Getting things done at work
  • Workplace meetings
  • Small talk and social chat at work
  • Humour in the workplace
  • Miscommunication and problematic talk at work
  • Conclusion: some implications and applications

Edited volumes

Constructing Identities at Work (2011)

Constructing Identities at Work

Jo Angouri and Meredith Marra (eds)

Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 978-0-2302-7237-8 (Hardcover)

Table of Contents

  • Meredith Marra and Jo Angouri: Investigating the Negotiation of Identity: A View from the Field of Workplace Discourse p. 1
  • Jan Svennevig: Leadership style in Managers' Feedback in Meetings p. 17
  • Stephanie Schnurr and Olga Zayts: Be(com)ing a Leader: A Case Study of Co-Constructing Professional Identities at Work p. 40
  • Pamela Rogerson-Revell: Chairing International Business Meetings: Investigating Humour and Leadership Style in the Workplace p. 61
  • Jo Angouri and Meredith Marra: 'OK one last thing for today': Constructing Identities in Corporate Meeting Talk p. 85
  • Veronika Koller: ‘Hard working, team-oriented individuals': Constructing Professional Identities in Corporate Mission Statements p. 103
  • Eva-Maria Graf: 'Yes then I will tell you maybe a little about the procedure' - Constructing Professional identity where there is not yet a Profession: The Case of Executive Coaching p. 127
  • Alexandra Georgakopoulou: Teachers, Students and Ways of Telling in Classroom Sites: A Case of Out-of-(Work) Place Identities p. 151
  • Karen Tracy: Identity-Work in Appellate Oral Argument: Ideological Identities within a Professional One p. 175
  • Keith Richards: Engaging Identities: Personal Disclosure and Professional Responsibility p. 200
  • Anna De Fina: 'We are not there. In fact now we will go to the garden to take the rain': Researcher Identity and the Observer's Paradox p. 223

Femininity, Feminism and Gendered Discourse (2010)

Femininity, Feminism and Gendered Discourse

Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra (eds)

Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4438-2364-7

More information about Femininity, Feminism and Gendered Discourse

Table of Contents

  • Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra: Femininity, Feminism and Gendered Discourse p. 1
  • Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard: “Women of a Certain Age”—Life Styles, the Female Body and Ageism p. 21
  • Justin Charlebois: Discursive Construction of Hegemonic Femininity p. 41
  • Don Kulick: Humorless Lesbians p. 59
  • Christy Bird: “Women Can’t Tell Jokes”: A Gender Ideology in Interaction p. 83
  • Anne Pauwels: Men, Masculinities and Feminist Linguistic Activism p. 111
  • Momoko Nakamura: Women’s and Men’s Languages as Heterosexual Resource: Power and Intimacy in Japanese Spam E-mail p. 125
  • Fabienne H. Baider and Evelyne Jacquey: Substantive Disembodiment, Syntactic Embedment: The Effect of ‘Feminist’ Lexical Change on French Discourse p. 145
  • M. Agnes Kang and Stephanie Schnurr: From High Society to Workplace Reality: An Analysis of Gendered Discourses in Media and Workplaces in Hong Kong p. 171
  • Jeanette King, Catherine Watson, Margaret Maclagan, Ray Harlow and Peter Keegan: Māori Women’s Role in Sound Change p. 191
  • Ann Weatherall, Maria Stubbe, Jane Sunderland and Judith Baxter: Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis in Language and Gender Research: Approaches in Dialogue p. 213

Gendered Speech in Social Context: Perspectives from Gown & Town (2000)

Gendered Speech in Social Context

Janet Holmes (ed.)

Wellington: Victoria University Press

ISBN: 978-0-8647-3402-0

Table of Contents

  • Janet Holmes: Introduction p. 7
  • Jennfer Coates: 'So I thought bollocks to that!': men, stories and masculinities p. 11
  • Ann Weatherall: Re-visions of gender and language research in the 21st century p. 39
  • Miriam Meyerhoff: How apologies get to be gendered work p. 52
  • Andrew J. Barke: What 'you' can say in Japanese: gender as a pragmatic factor in Japanese second-person reference through history p. 63
  • Damian O'Neill: Violence in the home: intervention, gender and identity p. 74
  • Margaret A. Maclagan: How long have women been leading language change? p. 87
  • Paul Warren and Nicola Daly: Sex as a factor in rises in New Zealand English p. 99
  • Judy Lawrence, Vicky Noble, Anne Pauwels, Sally McConnell-Ginet and Jennifer Coates: How can language and gender research be best used in the workplace? p. 116
  • Anne Pauwels: Inclusive language is good business: gender, language and equality in the workplace p. 134
  • Uta Lenk: 'The masculine is not what it used to be'?: German job advertisements after 30 years of feminist linguistic criticism p. 152
  • Su Olsson: The 'Xena' paradigm: women's narratives of gender in the workplace p. 178
  • Deborah Jones: Gender trouble in the workplace: 'language and gender' meets 'feminist organisational communication' p. 192
  • Jennifer J. Peck: The cost of corporate culture: linguistic obstacles to gender equity in Australian business p. 211
  • Maria Stubbe, Janet Holmes, Bernadette Vine and Meredith Marra: Forget Mars and Venus, let's get back to Earth!: challenging gender stereotypes in the workplace p. 231
  • Sally McConnell-Ginet: Breaking through the 'glass ceiling': can linguistic awareness help? p. 259