Deborah Cameron (linguist)

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Deborah Cameron
Born (1958-11-10) 10 November 1958 (age 65)
Academic work
Main interestsSociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology
Notable worksThe Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?

Deborah Cameron (born 10 November 1958)[1] is a British linguist and feminist who currently holds the Rupert Murdoch Professorship in Language and Communication at Worcester College, Oxford University.[2]

Cameron is mainly interested in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. A large part of her academic research is focused on the relationship of language to gender and sexuality.[3] She wrote the book The Myth of Mars And Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?, which was published in 2007.[4]


Before her post at Oxford University, Cameron taught at the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education, The College of William & Mary in Virginia, Strathclyde University in Glasgow and the Institute of Education in London.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]



  • Cameron, Deborah; Frazer, Elizabeth (1987). The lust to kill: a feminist investigation of sexual murder. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814714157.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Frazer, Elizabeth; Harvey, Penelope; Rampton, M.B.H.; Richardson, Kay (1992). Researching language: issues of power and method. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415057226.
  • Cameron, Deborah (1995). Verbal hygiene (1st ed.). London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415103558.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2012). Verbal hygiene. Classics in Linguistics (Reprint ed.). London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415696005.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2000). Good to talk? Living and working in a communication culture. London Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. ISBN 9781412931557.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2001). Working with spoken discourse. London Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. ISBN 9780761957737.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Block, David (2002). Globalization and language teaching. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203193679.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Markus, Thomas A. (2002). The words between the spaces: buildings and language. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203360361.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Kulick, Don (2003). Language and sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780511791178.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Kulick, Don (2006). The language and sexuality reader. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203013373.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2006). On language and sexual politics. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415373432.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2007). The myth of Mars and Venus: Do men and women really speak different languages?. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199214471.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Scanlon, Joan (2010). The Trouble & Strife reader. London New York: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781849660129.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2012). More heat than light?: Sex-difference science & the study of language. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press. ISBN 9781553802211.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Panović, Ivan (2014). Working with written discourse. London Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. ISBN 9781446267226.

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Cameron, Deborah; Frazer, Elizabeth (1996), "The murderer as misogynist?", in Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue (eds.), Feminism and sexuality: a reader, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 207–215, ISBN 9780231107082.
  • Cameron, Deborah; Frazer, Elizabeth (1996), "On the question of pornography and sexual violence: moving beyond cause and effect", in Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue (eds.), Feminism and sexuality: a reader, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 321–332, ISBN 9780231107082.
  • Cameron, Deborah (2011), ""The virtues of good prose": verbal hygiene and the movement", in Leader, Zachary (ed.), The movement reconsidered: essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie, and their contemporaries, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 139–154, ISBN 9780199601844.

Journal articles[edit]

  • Cameron, Deborah (July 1990). "Ten years on: "Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence"". Women: A Cultural Review. 1 (1): 35–37. doi:10.1080/09574049008578015.
See also: Rich, Adrienne (Summer 1980). "Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 5 (4): 631–660. doi:10.1086/493756. JSTOR 3173834. S2CID 143604951. and Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Cameron, Deborah, 1958–". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 February 2015. data sheet (b. 11/10/58)
  2. ^ Caesar, Ed (7 October 2007). "Talking tosh on Mars and Venus". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Staff profiles: Deborah Cameron". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  4. ^ Cameron, Deborah (1 October 2007). "What language barrier?". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ Cameron, Deborah (1985). Feminism and Linguistic Theory. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0333370775.

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