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finalAnthro essay 1 - Gendered Ways of Speaking When one is...

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Gendered Ways of Speaking When one is speaking to others, usually a sign of power or dominance will emerge in the conversation. In most cases, the male will show the signs of dominance, whereas the females would not emit as much dominance in a conversation. Men are seen as more public, taking part in riskier activity, whereas women are more private, viewed as inferior, and are “protected” from the public by males. Gender is an achievement which people expend great energy on. The roles of dominance are also shown in words with unmarking as the “norm” or the preferred, whereas marked words deviate from the norm and are seen as the inferior. Gender specific terms are commonly used in language. Not only does language reflect gender, it also reproduced it. One example of gender reflected in language is written in The Anthropology of Language written by Harriet Ottenheimer. Ottenheimer writes about a “language of power”. She writes how in most countries the language of power is English, as well as,
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course ANTHRO 105 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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