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A variety of speech (i.e. a register or a sociolect) that is specific to either males or females.
1. The serious study of gender and language is believed to have begun with Robin Lakoff's 1975 book Language and Woman's Place, wherein Lakoff argued that the linguistic forms found in the female genderlect served to maintain the female's inferior social role; these include tag questions and the constant use of the question intonation.