Time: Wednesday, November 23rd, 16.00 (4pm)

Place: C307


Women and men talk differently – far more differently than scholars have supposed. These different ways of talking are usually treated as arbitrary styles and attributed to “culture,” but they are adaptive strategies that differ because, in human evolution, ancestral males and females dealt with environmental problems in two fundamentally different ways. These strategies were conserved, and they continue to express themselves in the speech of men and women today. In this talk, I will attempt to demonstrate that men and women’s ways of talking are less accurately viewed as the “gendered” effects of modern culture than the “sexed” expression of ancient biological dispositions. 

A relevant reference: Locke, J. L. (2011). Duels and duets: why men and women talk so differently. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Welcome to a post-seminar gathering in the department "pentry" directly after the seminar.