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AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks

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English Investigation

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For this project I am going to analyse how women and men behave when using language in casual situations?

There have been many previous research finding and conclusions about gender and conversational behaviour.

For example Jennifer Coates identified two approaches, which she describes as dominance and difference. Jennifer Coates was a writer to wrote about the language differences between men and women.

Dominance argues that because women occupy a less powerful position in society than men, their constitutional behaviour is less assertive and less confident. Men are dominant within society, so it is not surprising that they tend to dominate mixed sex conversations.

Women are said to be used to male dominance, and as a result of social conditioning will often be polite and respectful when speaking to men.

Whereas the idea of difference is where the focus is more on differences in male and female attitudes and values, that are said to be inculcated from childhood, when we form, and are influenced by, single sex peer groups. Studies of children's play have found that in boy's games there is more emphasis on competition and confrontation, while girl's

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