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Language, Gender, and Sex in Comparative Perspective : Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language - Susan U. Philips

Language, Gender, and Sex in Comparative Perspective

Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

By: Susan U. Philips (Editor), Susan Steele (Editor), Christine Tanz (Editor), Judith T. Irvine (Editor), Bambi B. Schieffelin (Editor)

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Published: 21st December 1987
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The aim of this innovative volume is to analyze both the cultural and the biological sources of gender differences in language use. The first two parts of the volume focus on cultural variation in gender-differentiated language use, comparing Western English-speaking societies with others from elsewhere in the world. Part III examines the relationship between language and the brain, showing that although there are differences in males' and females' processing of language in the brain, these do not yield any gender differences in language use. Overall, the volume points to the greater salience of cultural processes over biological processes in the shaping of gender.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of contributorsp. xi
Introduction: The interaction of social and biological processes in women's and men's speechp. 1
Women's and men's speech in cross-cultural perspective
Introductionp. 15
The womanly woman: manipulation of stereotypical and nonstereotypical features of Japanese female speechp. 26
The impact of stratification and socialization on men's and women's speech in Western Samoap. 50
The interaction of variable syntax and discourse structure in women's and men's speechp. 71
A diversity of voices: men's and women's speech in ethnographic perspectivep. 95
Women's speech in modern Mexicanop. 121
Gender differences in the language of children
Introductionp. 163
Preschool boys' and girls' language use in pretend playp. 178
Sex differences in parent-child interactionp. 189
Children's arguingp. 200
Do different worlds mean different words?: an example from Papua New Guineap. 249
Sex differences in language and the brain
Introductionp. 263
Cerebral organization and sex: interesting but complexp. 268
Sex differences in the patterns of scalp-recorded electrophysiological activity in infancy: possible implications for language developmentp. 278
Referencesp. 297
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780521338073
ISBN-10: 0521338077
Series: Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st December 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52