for the real-life consequences of language and gender has led her to undertake a largescale study of letters of recommendation, examining the effects of gender -- both of letter writer and candidate -- on the form and content of letters. As in all of her work, the research is both microanalytic and of social consequence, dealing with language on both the linguistic and social planes.
In 1994 Susan Ervin-Tripp was given the highest honor of the Academic Senate of the University of California at Berkeley. She was chosen to be one of the two annual Faculty Research Lecturers, presenting an overview of her life's work to the campus community. That lecture is the first chapter in this volume. Its title sums up her quest: "Context in Language."
-- The Editors
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