It is generally conceived as anything that conveys that one sex is superior to the other. Bilmes, J. Mooney, Language, Society and power p. First, they can add a degree of uncertainty and non-commitment to an utterance. In fact, one can think of them as complementary, because each one of them tackles the problem from a different angle enabling us to have a better broader understanding.
As a consequence, a subculture has been created through this practice so much so that the mixed-sex interaction is likened to a talk between speakers of different languages or even ethnic and cultural backgrounds. For someone to unintentionally perpetuate negative sexist stereotypes through a very common expression, sadly shows just how deeply engrained sexism is in our society.
Language and woman's place. English is remarkably free from a sexist bias displayed by Czech.
It one more time reminds us the lack of certainty point discussed above. Share this:.
Language and Gender. Labov, W.