Women's pronunciation is closer to RP than males.
Boys tend to use more non-grammatical forms, like ain't, than girls.
Lakoff (Robin) 1975
Women use: hedges + fillers; tag questions; apologetic requests, indirect requests, speak less, use fewer expletives, more intensifiers. She argued that these features of speech make women seem more inferior, weak and needy and prevents women from being taken seriously.
O'Barr and Atkins 1980
Disputed Lakoff, said that it was males and females of low social status who used these linguistic features.
Zimmerman and West 1975
found 96% of interruptions were made by men, suggesting male dominance in conversation.
Differences not similarities.
Men: more concerned with status - interrupt more; gives more direct orders - don't mind conflict; more intensifiers in getting facts and solving problems.
Females: more interested in for bonds - tend to talk less and agree more; more polite indirect orders - to avoid conflict; aim to show understanding by compromising and offering support rather than solutions.
Questioned Zimmerman and West's theory that men's interruptions were a sign of dominance. He said it could be to show support and understanding.
Argued all theories were biased because the concentrated on the differences between men and women's speech rather than the differences.
'Women's talk' falls into four categories
3) House Talk