Lakoff and the Question of Language and Gender


  • Nasrullah Mambrol Assistant Professor of English Govt. Arts and Science College Nadapuram Calicut District, Kerala, India



Gender has a significant effect on how we speak. In many languages, the sheer choice of what word endings we use depends on whether we are men or women. Studies have also shown that women tend to speak more “properly” than men, using the prestigious or “standard” alternatives of variables, worldwide— likely out of a drive to express legitimacy through speech, which men feel less need for because of their historical status as breadwinners. Men also dominate women in taking the floor conversationally.


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How to Cite

Mambrol, N. (2019). Lakoff and the Question of Language and Gender. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(11), 5.