Gender And Language: Language And Gender

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Language and gender is one aspect which sociolinguistics deals with. It is more unique than any other aspect of sociolinguistics as it investigates how sex or gender, which should be treated in a particular biological field, may influence the use of language among society. Many linguists believe that this issue spreads everywhere in the whole world which has a similar characteristic i.e. the way of how men and women use language differently especially in speaking. This argument is in line with what Cameron argues. Cameron (1998b, pp. 280–1) also states that Men and women are members of cultures in which a large amount of discourse about gender is constantly circulating. They do not only learn, and then mechanically reproduce, ways of speaking ‘appropriate’ to their own sex; they learn a much broader set of gendered meanings that attach in rather complex ways to different ways of speaking, and they produce their own behavior in the light of these meanings. It therefore can be simply said that according to Cameron, men and women have their own ways in communicating with others together with their belief of what men and women are supposed to do. Following the hypothesis that states that gender and language may be related to each other, the writer assumes that it is necessary for language learners, linguists and the writer himself to be able to analyze what makes this hypothesis appear and to provide adequate evidence in order to understand something which somehow happens in
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