Identities in Conflict
Edited By Flocel Sabate
Differences between Male and Female Speech: a classical topic
María Teresa QUINTILLÀ
Universitat de Lleida
Nowadays one aspect analyzed by Sociolinguistics in its approach to the controversial issue of sex differences regarding language is the problem of linguistic varieties due to sexual difference. These sociolects according to gender are known as sexolects and we can distinguish between “feminolect” or female speech and “masculinolect” or male speech.
As Buxó Rey argued in 19832, the “sexosociolinguistic” rules have two main purposes. On the one hand, they identify women with their sexual and social role and, on the other hand, they mark the role and status of women in front of their interlocutors.
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