This course is a survey of the work that has been done on the relationships between gender and language, mostly over the last 35 years. Some of the topics to be covered: The history of research in language and gender Contemporary issues, e.g. the Lawrence Summers discussion; The case of Hillary Clinton Reality and myth: e.g., do women talk too much? Theories and methods of research Dominance and difference as explanations Essentialism and constructivism as perspectives. What about interruption? The use of conversation analysis Language, gender, and power Language and gender identity GLBT and other special cases.