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Trudgill

womans pronunciation is closer to RP than men

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Cheshire

Boys use more non standard forms such as ain't than girls.

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Lakoff

Women use hedges, fillers, questions, apologetic phrases, indirect requests, speak less, use fewer expletives, more intensifiers than men.

These make woman seem more inferior to men and prevents them from being taken seriously.

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Zimmerman and West

96% of interruptions were made by men, making them more dominant.

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Coates

Womans talk falls into 4 catergories.

- bitching

-chatting

- house talk

- scandal

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