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LINGUIST List 23.1449

Wed Mar 21 2012

Qs: Women only Languages

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Date: 21-Mar-2012
From: Paula Isvoranu <paula_isvoranuyahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Women only Languages
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Dear colleagues,

My name is Paula Isvoranu and I have freshly begun graduate work in
sociolinguistics (genderlect, to be more precise). Currently I am
researching instances in which the difference between sexes is the
most pronounced, leading to a separate “women only” language, or at
least to specific markers that are exclusively used by females.
So far, I have found a couple of such examples: Nu Shu, Yanyuwa,
and Laadan (for completely separate languages), and Japanese (for
very marked gender differences in speech).
I would be most grateful if you could point me in the direction of
other societies/languages in which the gender differences are
extremely marked linguistically.

Yours,
Paula Isvoranu

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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