Essay On Gender Differences In Language Use

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Numerous studies have investigated the perpetuation of sex bias reflected on the sexist language use, and how people perceive and judge gender-based language. Murdock and Forsyth (1985) conducted two studies to examine people’s responses to gender-biased language empirically. Participants in both studies were from evening classes at a large urban university, which not only included a large proportion of full-time students, but also included students with other occupations such as “secretaries, pharmacists, nurses, keypunch operators, homemakers, musicians, sales clerks, executives, and attorneys” (Murdock and Forsyth, 1985, p41). In the first Study, 139 respondents age ranging from 17 to 47 with a mean age of 23 were studied, which males and females occupied 30% and 70% of the sample population respectively (40 men and 96 women), and the sample was composed of 80% whites and 20% blacks (103 whites and 24 blacks). The second Study involved 134 respondents age ranging from18 to 45 with a mean number of 24. This group …show more content…
that research has investigated and raises many issues on the differences between gender and language use that sociolinguists have been interested in and have continued to find explanations, evidence and solutions for their use. In addition to analyzing three approaches to explaining the differences in linguistic behavior between males and females, the implications for language planning are evaluated. Given the different relationships between language and gender within society, how gender is constructed in social practice, how gender intertwines with other social factors such as identity, age, education, community of practice, race, social class, and sexual orientation have been considered an interesting and fertile field of research for researchers during recent years and for years to come (Eckert &

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