Essay on You Are What You Say

1325 Words Nov 15th, 2010 6 Pages
You are what you say
The essay, " you are what you say " is written by Robin Lakoff, a Professor of Linguistics at University of California. She has explicated her view on how English language has functioned to revile and debase women, why women are thought to be juvenile, dependent and frivolous species. Certain views which makes fair sex less thriving than men. The subject is of great interest as it illustrates that women only say what they mean, but what they say is inferred by men in a pejorative way which is disparaging and condescending. Lakoff has radical thoughts and strives to change the degraded vision of women; because such a vision is not based on reality, but on the fact that men interpret everything that a women say or do as
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According to Fishman "In seven hours of tapes the three men asked fifty -nine questions, the women one hundred and fifty, nearly three times as many"(3).
Actually a tag question is a type of semi agreement between speaker and listener. Thus one very important aspect of using tag questions is that it reduces arguments among people by asking their opinions and thus creating an environment of harmony as everyone is allowed to express their views. A tag question can sometimes

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