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Query Details

Query Subject:   Women only Languages
Author:   Paula Isvoranu
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   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.

Paula Isvoranu
LL Issue: 23.1449
Date posted: 21-Mar-2012


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