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How does language affect gender?

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04/17/2008

Lakoff's most famous work, Language and Woman's Place, introduced to the field of sociolinguistics many ideas about women's language that are now commonplace. She proposed (Language and Woman's Place) that women's speech can be distinguished from that of men in a number of ways, including: # Hedges: Phrases like "sort of," "kind of," "it seems like" # Empty adjectives: divine, adorable, gorgeous, etc # (Super-)Polite forms: "Would you mind…" "Is it o.k if…?" "…if it's not too much to ask" # Apologize more: "I'm sorry, but I think that…" # Speak Lakoff's most famous work, Language and Woman's Place, introduced to the field of sociolinguistics many ideas about women's language that are now commonplace. She proposed (Language and Woman's Place) that women's speech can be distinguished from that of men in a number of ways, including: ## Hedges: Phrases like "sort of," "kind of," "it seems like" ## Empty adjectives: divine, adorable, gorgeous, etc ## (Super-)Polite forms: "Would you mind…" "Is it o.k if…?" "…if it's not too much to ask" ## Apologize more: "I'm sorry, but I think that…" ## Speak less frequently ## Avoid coarse language or expletives ## Tag questions: "You don't mind eating this, do you?". Subsequent research has cast some doubt on this proposition ## Hyper-correct grammar and pronunciation: Use of prestige grammar and clear articulation ## Indirect requests: "Wow I'm so thirsty." - really asking for a drink ## Speak in italics: Use tone to emphasis certain words, e.g., "so", "very", "quite". less frequently # Avoid coarse language or expletives # Tag questions: "You don't mind eating this, do you?". Subsequent research has cast some doubt on this proposition # Hyper-correct grammar and pronunciation: Use of prestige grammar and clear articulation # Indirect requests: "Wow I'm so thirsty." - really asking for a drink # Speak in italics: Use tone to emphasis certain words, e.g., "so", "very", "quite". Lakoff's most famous work, Language and Woman's Place, introduced to the field of sociolinguistics many ideas about women's language that are now commonplace. She proposed (Language and Woman's Place) that women's speech can be distinguished from that of men in a number of ways, including: # Hedges: Phrases like "sort of," "kind of," "it seems like" # Empty adjectives: divine, adorable, gorgeous, etc # (Super-)Polite forms: "Would you mind…" "Is it o.k if…?" "…if it's not too much to ask" # Apologize more: "I'm sorry, but I think that…" # Speak Lakoff's most famous work, Language and Woman's Place, introduced to the field of sociolinguistics many ideas about women's language that are now commonplace. She proposed (Language and Woman's Place) that women's speech can be distinguished from that of men in a number of ways, including: ## Hedges: Phrases like "sort of," "kind of," "it seems like" ## Empty adjectives: divine, adorable, gorgeous, etc ## (Super-)Polite forms: "Would you mind…" "Is it o.k if…?" "…if it's not too much to ask" ## Apologize more: "I'm sorry, but I think that…" ## Speak less frequently ## Avoid coarse language or expletives ## Tag questions: "You don't mind eating this, do you?". Subsequent research has cast some doubt on this proposition ## Hyper-correct grammar and pronunciation: Use of prestige grammar and clear articulation ## Indirect requests: "Wow I'm so thirsty." - really asking for a drink ## Speak in italics: Use tone to emphasis certain words, e.g., "so", "very", "quite". less frequently # Avoid coarse language or expletives # Tag questions: "You don't mind eating this, do you?". Subsequent research has cast some doubt on this proposition # Hyper-correct grammar and pronunciation: Use of prestige grammar and clear articulation # Indirect requests: "Wow I'm so thirsty." - really asking for a drink # Speak in italics: Use tone to emphasis certain words, e.g., "so", "very", "quite".