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Name the characteristic of women language- ideas put across by Robin Lakoff
Tag questions to show uncertainty, weak expletive terms e.g. oh dear, empty adjectives e.g. charming, intensifiers e.g. so, euphemisms, specific colour terms e.g. magenta, specialised vocab centered around domestic chores, hedges e.g. sort of
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What did Janet Holmes suggest that tag questions are used for?
It is a politeness strategy and they help to maintain conversation
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What did Janet Holmes say about the use of hedges/fillers?
They are not just used to express uncertainty
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What did research by Dubois and Crouch find?
That men used as much tag questions as women but this does not show a lack of power
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What did research by Barr and Atkins find?
That in a court situation, men showed features of the deficit approach if they had less power. Therefore, you cannot use the term 'women language', 'powerless language' is more accurate to use
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What are the ideas from the dominance approach by Zimmerman and West?
Men will seek to exert their power in mixed sex conversations and will use more interruptions to exert power
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What did Jennifer Coates find out?
That all women talk is essentialy a co-operative act
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What did Jane Pilkington find out?
Women will support each other and use more politeness strategies in all female talk
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What did Kuiper find out?
Men are more likely to use insults and jokes to express solidarity
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What did Deborah Tannen find out?
That men are will more likely share information and facts and women will more likely share emotions and feelings
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