Sex, speech, and stereotypes: Why women use prestige speech forms more than men

  title={Sex, speech, and stereotypes: Why women use prestige speech forms more than men},
  author={Elizabeth Gordon},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={47 - 63}
ABSTRACT It is widely reported that women use more prestige speech forms than men, and style-shift more dramatically than men. This article puts forward the view that this behavior of women is not a matter of self-promotion, but of avoidance. Evidence from a survey of New Zealand middle-class speakers shows that their stereotype of a lower-class female speaker includes potential sexual immorality. Because of society's double standard regarding men's and women's sexual behavior, the stereotype… 

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