Sex Differences in Language (II): Empirical Sociolinguistics
In Chapter 3 we looked at the ‘politics of variation’ in a general sense: we asked why feminists would want to study male/female differences in language, and we also looked at the anecdotal tradition of (often sexist) comment feminists in the field have inherited — in some cases rather uncritically. The question which hung over this whole discussion, though, was how beliefs about linguistic behaviour relate to the observable facts.
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