Tid: Torsdag 15 oktober 2015, kl 15:00-17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


In some societies, the speech of men differs systematically from the speech of women. The phenomenon is quite rare, and mostly known from North America and the Amazon. The most famous one is the historical case of the Island Caribs. We currently know about 100 cases worldwide. In all cases, the sex-related differences affect only a limited part of the language.

In a project together with Françoise Rose (CNRS, Lyon), we are trying to do a world-wide typological survey of the phenomenon. It appears that not all parts of the language are affected, mostly phonology, lexicon, pronouns, discourse markers and morphology.

We are also trying to find out what the causes and reasons could be. A history of intermarriage seems to be one factor, and linguistic conservatism among one of the sexes (not always women!) another. There may also be a link to gender-related lexical taboos, as found in a.o. Southern Africa and Australia.

Hjärtligt välkomna!
Ljuba Veselinova