(Original post by jesspatterson)
can someone please share gender theorists that they use?
They key theorist is Lakoff, she states that women..
- Use weak expletives instead of swear words because women are forbidden to swear
- use extensive use of tag questions to not impose views on others
- use the intensifier "so" to avoid strong statements
- dont use taboo language
- dont tell jokes
- use hedges to show uncertainty
O'barr and Atkins
demonstrated that the factor affecting language use is the status of the participant in the interaction, not their gender. They renamed 'womens language' to 'powerless language'
Believed that tag Qs were used to facilitate conversation, not to show uncertainty
Zimmerman and West
demonstrated that most interruptions were made from men to women. Men engineer 'womens language' through interruptions
believed that tag Qs facilitate conversation
she distinguishes between 2 types of tag Qs:
Faciliative - invites participant to join in
Checking - to retrieve info
Boys develop a competitive speech style
Girls develop a cooperative speech style
Women speak a language of connection and intimacy
Men speak a language of independence
Brief but i hope it helps!