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GENDERED TALKING?

GENDER STEREOTYPES IN SPOKEN LANGUAGE
Women gossip
Men are strong and silent
Women talk about domestic and personal trivia
Men talk about important topics (business/money/government)
Women have soft and gentle voices ­ or loud, strident voices
Women screech whilst men have rich, deep reassuring tones conveying
confidence and…

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o Discovered evidence that men interrupt women even when women
are of higher status
o They hold the floor longer
o Take longer turns
o Tend to reject women's topic choice
Men:
o Use imperatives as directives
o Use stronger swear words
o Higher proportion of slang and colloquial lexis…

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