ERIC Number: ED134031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
Women's Language Model: A Proposal.
Dumas, Bethany K.
It is possible to think of women's language in terms of the model implied by the following statement. Insofar as native speakers of English are concerned, the language of women in America has four sets of components: those shared with the language of men in America; those shared, in varying proportions, with other women living in patriarchies; those shared with other political minorities; and those which appear to be peculiar to American women. Such a model has two weaknesses: it is incomplete in that it omits consideration of language used by all people when talking about women; further it is uncritically derivative in that it implies that women's language is deviant. The present challenge is to seek a model for the study of women's language which is complete, that is, takes account of both the language used by women and the language used about women, and which is not uncritically derivative. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (Fourteenth, Atlanta, Georgia, November 7, 1975)