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.
KeywordsGender Role Linguistic Theory Sexist Prejudice Status Consciousness Linguistic Behaviour
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