The Politics of Variation: Sex Differences in Language and Linguistics

  • Deborah Cameron


Although this chapter is about sex differences in language, it is not intended to serve as a catalogue of research findings. Rather, it has two main concerns: the first, which it shares with Chapter 4, is the sexism of linguistic science, as expressed by a mass of assumptions and practices reflecting the status quo; while the second is the political significance of sex difference itself. Hence the chapter heading is deliberately ambiguous, referring not only to the politics of variation but also to the politics of studying it.


Linguistic Theory Linguistic Behaviour Vowel Quality Feminine Identity Speech Style 
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