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ERIC Number: EJ880612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
Sex/Gender, Language and the New Biologism
Cameron, Deborah
Applied Linguistics, v31 n2 p173-192 May 2010
In recent years there has been a striking shift in both academic and popular discourse on the subject of male-female differences. It is increasingly common for biological explanations to be proposed for differences that had previously been treated by most investigators as effects of socio-cultural factors. This article critically examines the arguments as they apply to the specific case of male-female differences in linguistic behaviour. It concludes that the relevant linguistic research evidence does not on balance support the new biologism; that evidence is more adequately accounted for using the socio-cultural approaches which most linguistic researchers favour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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