Subsequent empirical investigations of the lako

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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 di€ers, 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 di€erence 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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