Thesis on language and gender
Conversely, it is claimed that standard forms is associated with femininity and so this is why women use them.
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The second one examines the society where there are preferential speech features in using language by gender. I strongly agree with her in this argument. Largely men- at least until the present generation. Sex preferential speech features In many societies, different genders show a preference for using certain linguistic features more than others. In the particular instance reported by Holmes, the husband speaks a language called Tuyuka which the wife also uses with the children but when she speaks with her husband, she uses her own tribal language which is Desano and he replies in Tuyuka. References Abstract Most empirically based studies of gender differences in language usage have suggested that women and men have different sets of norms for interaction. Sherzer describes the language practices of Kuna Indians of Panama. A major topic in sociolinguistics which has been discussed over the last few decades is whether men and women speaking a certain language use it in different ways. When it comes to language, people define it as a system of communication based on words and sentences to make our communication meaningful and understandable. Cameron also explains how language serves the purpose of creating and maintaining the cohesion within a social group. I myself raise these questions and think that through the perspectives of sociolinguists, any situation may be the topic to be discussed and studied in light of sociolinguistics. An interesting finding by Dixon is the language of the Dyirbal people in Australia. Tannen 5 argues that these differences arise because in most cultures there is still considerable social segregation of the two sexes and children learn their conversational strategies for the most part in single-sex peer groups. Australia has the same phenomenon, some men and women pronounce the initial sound in thing as [f], but men do it more than women. Generic masculine The generic masculine, another feature of sexist language, has a long history, as well.
The central part of the thesis can be divided into four parts which are interconnected. However, there are some distinction in other verbal genres: men tend to tell the stories about trickster and animals, women perform song- texted weeping at funerals and on other profound loss occasions Finally, women and girls engage in an interaction routine used in the linguistic socialization of children under the age of three.
Language and gender theories With regard to theoretical aspects of language and gender, studies on language and gender have undergone three different phrases: 1.
In relation to the educational context, the research of some sociologists and anthropologists such as Janet Lever,Marjorie Harness Goodwin, and DonnaEderhas demonstrated that girls andboys use language differently in their sex-separate and sex-mixed groups.
It also examines the three major approaches to language and gender: Deficit theory, Difference theory and Social Constructivist approach. Gender is bipolar because human beings belong to one of the two bipolar categories: male or female.
I suppose that one of these studies may be true in one society but may not be valid and reliable in another society. For that reason, the varieties are considered as gender-exclusive speech. A related explanation to this is that standard speech is polite and the use of it can prevent offence.
Mills contests the view that women are more polite than men.
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