Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34674

Still Needed:

$40326

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Query Details


Query Subject:   Women's language
Author:   Hiroaki Tanaka
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   Dear Linguists,
I have an undergraduate student who is working on her
graduation paper about the use of women's language in English.
Could you answer the following questions and help her write the
paper? Please answer me directly and make comments, if any. I
will have her post a summary soon.

- ------------------------------------------------
(i) Please choose the best expression between the two/three
phrases below. Which do you use off-handedly, in everyday
conversation? If possible, I'd like to know if you are male or female.
Please check * mark from which you choose. If you have any
comments, please don't hesitate to mae them.

I'm male/felmale.

(1) A: I have two tickets for the movie ''Air Force One.'' Do you have
time on Saturday?
B: Yes, I'd {( )love / ( )like} to.

(2) a. Everyone has {( )his/( )his or her/( )their} off days.
b. Someone knocked at the door but {( )he/( )he oe she/(
)they} had gone when I got downstairs.

(ii) The following examples are from the real, quoted examples. Do
you think that ''sort of'' in (1) and (2), and ''isn't it'' in (3) are
spoken by women?

(1) A: What was the nature of your aquantance with the late Mrs.
E.D?
B: Well, we were, uh, very close friends. Uh, she was even
''sort of'' like a mother to me.
Your guess and comments:

(2) A: you know what? Arbitrage has put out this, ''sort of''
_Introduction To_ tape for the business schools. Why don't we put
it in, and if you have any questions...
B: That would be great, thanks.
Your guess and comments:

(3) A: David? Is his name David?
B: Yes, it is.
A: That's funny. My name's David, too.
B: Tha is funny, ''isn't it''?
Your guess and comments:

- -------------------------------------------------
Thanks a lot in advance. Please mail me directly.

Best wishes,

Hiroaki Tanaka

Associate Professor
Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Tokushima University, Japan

1-1, Minamijousanjioma,
Tokushima, 770,
Japan

phone & fax: +81 886 56 7125
e-mail: hiro-t@ias.tokushima-u.ac.jp
LL Issue: 8.1712
Date posted: 28-Nov-1997



Back

Sums main page