Re: English Only Understood by Female English Speakers?
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 3, 2002, 17:34|
David Peterson wrote:
> I'd heard this awhile back, and then forgot about it, but then heard it
>again, and now I'm intrigued. Apparently there's this lesson or theory in
>psychology about how women and men understand language, and to accompanythis
>is a paragraph which, when passed out to an audience, is perfectly
>intelligible to women, but completely incomprehensible to men. Is thistrue?
> If so, why? What does Chomsky have to say about this? ;) (Justkidding.)
>And (most importantly) does anyone have a link to a place where I can find
>this mystery text?
>Semi-smartass reply: Isn't Robin Lakoff at UCBerk? Go ask her......(OT I
always found Robin a lot more interesting than her husband)
Serious answer: Haven't heard about that directly. But the linguist
Deborah Tannen (I think it is) has written a couple books on how men and
women speak and, often, fail to communicate. It might be discussed there, if
in fact it exists.