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Women might be less secure than men in terms of their social status which might have an effect on the way that they speak and what language they use. They will avoid conflict and use what is expected of women.

Their language is usually more polite and the researcher Robin Lakoff identified features that she felt were characteristics of womens language.

she suggested that they use; hedges and fillers, so things like 'sort of' 'kind of' 'maybe'

Aplogetic requests- 'im sorry, but would you mind closing the door' this is too avoid conflict

tag questions- 'this is nice, isnt it'

inidrect requests- 'its very noisey out there' (meaning could you close the door) dropping hints

She also pointed out that women tend to speak less than men, use fewer…


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