The Different Using of Language Between Sexes

Bao-hua ZHENG

Abstract



Sex differences are a topic of perennial interest in our society. But it is not generally understood that most sex differences are the result of social, not biological. In the present article, the differences between women and men are presented from the angle of sociolinguistics. During the analysis, the writer emphasize on the three following aspects: 1) Different diction; 2) Different syntactic approach; 3) Different communicative strategies. We hope that through the study a better understanding of the differences between the genders can be achieved. Linguistic differences are merely a reflection of social differences, and as long as society views women and men as different—and unequal—then differences in the language of women and men will persist.
Key words: gender, sociolinguistics, communicative strategies, syntactic approach
Résumé: La différence de sexe entre les êtres est un sujet de conversation éternel de notre société. Mais le commun des mortels ne comprennent pas le fait que les origines de cette différence sont d’ordre plutôt social que physiologique. Dans l’article présent, l’auteur met l’accent sur trois points : premièrement, la différence de choix du terme ; deuxièmement, celle de syntaxe, troisièmement, celle de technique de communication. Nons espéront que nos recherches peuvent contribuer à une meilleure connaissance de la différence de sexes. La différence langagière n’est qu’un miroir de la différence sociale. Tant que nons voient les femmes et les hommes d’un oeil différent ou inégal, cette différence de langue subsistera pour toujours.
Mots-Clés: sexe, linguistique sociale, moyen de communication, syntaxe

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720070304.013

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