Dr. Kendall’s areas of academic interest and specialization are discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language and gender, language and sexuality, and language and identity. She is also interested in regional and social dialects, media discourse, language in legal settings, and linguistics and literature.
Kendall, Shari. Family Talk; Discourse and Identity in Four American Families. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Through everyday talk, individuals forge the ties that can make a family. Family members use language to manage a household, create and maintain relationships, and negotiate and reinforce values and beliefs. The studies gathered in Family Talk are based on a unique research project in which four dual-income American families recorded everything they said for a week. Family Talkextends our understanding of family discourse and of how family members construct, negotiate, and enact their identities as individuals and as families.