Lakoff, Robin

(1942) A professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, her writings became the basis for research on female genderlects.

Language and Woman's Place

Her most famous work, Language and Woman's Place, introduced ideas about women's language that are now commonplace. For example, she proposed that female speech can be distinguished from that of males by its overuse of forms like:

(1) hedges (phrases like sort of and kind of),

(2) tag questions ("You don't mind eating this, do you?"), and

(3) Indirect requests (Saying "Gosh I'm thirsty" instead of directly asking for a drink).

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