Women, Men, and Language: A Sociolinguistic Account of Gender Differences in Language

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Longman, 1993 - Social Science - 228 pages
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Women, Men and Language is an essential introduction to the key area of language and gender. It sketches the historical background, summarises recent research and introduces students to the key issues in the field using an unpretentious and clear style. The book takes the reader from an initial 'men talk like this; women talk like that' approach to a more nuanced idea of women and men performing gender in their everyday interactions. It covers a range of sociolinguistic research, looking at grammatical and phonological features a well as at aspects of conversation such as compliments or swearing, and the growing use of the word 'like' by younger speakers. This updated third edition concludes with a new chapter summarising new developments and assessing possible future trends for the area.

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Language and gender
3
The historical background I
16
Quantitative studies
61
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Jennifer Coates, DVM, graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked as an associate veterinarian and chief of staff in Petersburg, Virginia and now practices in Jackson, Wyoming, where she is often praised for her ability to communicate with clients and staff. Prior to graduating from veterinary school, Jennifer worked as a veterinary receptionist, assistant, and technician. It was then that she became aware of the frustrations caused by veterinary jargon. Pet owners were confused and upset by their lack of understanding. Receptionists were unable to answer client's questions. Technicians had trouble deciphering medical orders. Animal owners, veterinary support staff, and animal care workers needed a clear and concise resource to explain terminology in plain English. The skill and knowledge gained through years spent immersed in all aspects of veterinary care gave Jennifer an exceptional perspective from which to write the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms. An animal owner for most of her life, Jennifer resides in Etna, Wyoming, with her husband, daughter, dogs, cats, and horses. When she is not at work in the clinic she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing and traveling.

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