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Do men and women use language, tone and voice differently?

This is a bit of a rhetorical question, as I think most people would probably agree that we do!

More probing questions you may wish to consider are:

Have women’s voices got deeper in recent years?

Do women find it hard to carry authority in their voices?

Do women talk more than men?

Do men use language to put women down?

What is the ‘ideal’ female voice from an advertiser’s viewpoint?

Are there really big differences between men and women’s brains in terms of how they process language?

These were all questions discussed in this morning’s Woman’s Hour in an interview with Deborah Cameron, Professor of Language and Communication, University of Oxford, and Professor Sophie Scott from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, prior to a conference this Sunday at the Institute of Contemporary Arts entitled ‘Our Speaking Selves’.

The half-day conference sounds absolutely fascinating – particularly the bit where they demo how ‘stuttering’ can be induced in normally fluent talkers, by playing their own speech back to them when they are reading aloud – but I won’t be able to make it, as I’ll be around the corner at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, where I’ll be co-presenting with Sarah Dillon at the ITI Conference (set to be equally fascinating!).Подаръци

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  1. Ryan Ginstrom

    May 13, 2009

    Great topic. It’s especially relevant for those of us translating into or out of the Japanese language, since Japanese is one of the languages where speech is overtly different for men and women.

  2. Learning a Language

    May 13, 2009

    A very interesting post.

    Are there really big differences between men and women brains in terms of how they process language.

    Talking about brains, in my own opinion, I think women are more eager and serious in learning, so their brains process easily when learning something.

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