Unformatted text preview: ic features such as the use of `weak' expletives and lexical items like
charming, divine, rising intonation on declaratives, tag-questions in contexts
where the speaker is not checking information, etc. Subsequent empirical
investigations of the `Lako hypothesis' produced a copious literature, the
import of which is perhaps most succinctly summarized by saying that not all
women use WL and not all WL-users are women. This however did not deter
scholars from advancing alternative proposals about women's style of speaking
and how it diers, on average, from men's. For example, one general claim
widely canvassed in the 1980s and 1990s was that women are more cooperative conversationalists and more sensitive to the face-wants of others
(Coates 1996; Holmes 1995; Tannen 1990). This dierence has been invoked
to explain women's use of an array of discourse features such as supportive
simultaneous speech, precision-timed minimal responses and questions whose
function is to show interest in or engage the participation of others, hedging and
indirectness used to mitigate face-threat, and so on.
This brief excursion into the hist...
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2014 for the course ANTHRO 33 taught by Professor Wertheim during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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