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A variety of speech or conversational style used by a particular gender.

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Explanations of these associations have tended to draw upon the genderlect or difference theory rooted in the work of Deborah Tannen (Gender and Discourse), the muted group or dominance theory rooted in the work of Cheris Kramarae (Women and Men) and Robin Lakoff (Talking Power), or a combination of these two schools of thought (e.
Adult female genderlect is described in many ways: communal, affiliative non-confrontational, indirect, and standard in form.
Mother-father differences may also reflect adult male and female genderlect characteristics and preferred interaction styles.
The gender of the author or the genderlect of a text seems indeed to have been of no particular contemporary significance.
Further, the very analysis and partial validation of a female genderlect contradict the view of women as excluded from language or of women's speech as a degraded copy of a male idiom.
In 1975, the feminist-linguist Robin Lakoff published her groundbreaking Language and Woman's Place, a description of the genderlect she called "women's language": euphemism, modesty, hedging, polite forms of address, weak expletives, tag questions, empty adjectives and intensives, and hypercorrect grammar were said to characterize women's speech.
Chapter 2 introduces prerequisites to the research such as the difference between sex and gender and the existence of genderlects.
Instead of different dialects, it has been said they would speak different genderlects (Tannen, 1990, p.
Part 1, "Overview of Research," includes "New Directions in Language Anxiety Research" (Dolly Jesusita Young) and "Native Genderlects and Their Relation to Gender Issues in Second Language Classrooms: The Sex of Our Students as a Sociolinguistic Variable" (Lydie E.