“There are two abiding truths on which the general public and research scholars find themselves in uneasy agreement: a) Men and women speak the same language, and b) ...speak that language differently. So we have ... gender-linked similarities and differences in language use” (Canary, 1998, p.127). The plan is to compare similarities and differences between male’s and female’s way of using language.
Compared to the body language, it is more similar than different. Women`s intuition is largely their sensitivity to body language. However, gender differences in body language are both genetic and cultural (Andersen, 2004).
Cameron (1992) separates science in gender and language into three different categories: deficit, dominance and difference. Concerning this area, she asserts that all research can be positioned in one of three hypotheses. The hypothesis arises for different convictions regarding female’s use of language and the explanations for possible differences between male’s and female’s technique of expressing themselves. ‘Deficit’ stands for a conviction about female’s lack in language; one well-known early adherent of this conviction is a Danish professor of English language called Otto Jespersen. ‘Dominance’ stands for men’s power and dominance of women. Women’s submissive role in society is being reflected in language according to those who believe this to be the truth. The last and final hypothesis is the one called ‘difference’. According to Gray (1992), if this conviction is supported, one believes that the reason for possible language differences between males and females are purely a result of their belonging in different cultures.
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- Sebastian Regber (Author), 2009, Compare and contrast male and female language usage, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/128099