Language use by gender

Differences between male and female language.

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  • Created on: 25-02-13 19:48
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  • Language and Gender
    • Men
      • Are often direct, using imperatives. "Shut the door."
      • Tend to use more taboo language.
      • Talk about feelings less.
      • Communicate to seek solutions and share information.
      • See conversation as competition.
      • Interrupt more. [Zimmerman and West]
      • Feel  it is crucial to be respected. [Genelect theory]
    • Women
      • Apologize more.
      • Use indirect requests. "It's hot in here." Asking for a window to be opened.
      • Avoid taboo lexis and use weak expletives.
      • Use empty adjectives. "Lovely/ gorgeous / divine."
      • More use of intensifiers  "So/ really / very."
      • Use of super polite forms such as interrogatives. "Would you mind shutting the door?"
      • Like to feel supported in conversation.
      • Converse to build relationships and seek sympathy.
      • Are generally more polite.
      • Use tag questions to seek assurance  "You go to sixth form don't ypu?"


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