Sociolinguistic Studies, Estudios de Sociolingüística 2.1 2001

On the biological basis of gender variation: Verbal ambiguity in Canarian Spanish

Manuel Almeida, Ángela Castellano

Abstract


Studies stemming from very diverse disciplines and theories have found that the differences between men and women affect practically all the aspects of their personalities. Many of these studies have discovered that with regard to language quite large differences have been found. These are related to four facets of the individual: biological, psychological, cultural and social. In this paper, we concentrate on a point of view which we could refer to as ‘cultural with a biological base'and we examine this in a study of the verbal ambiguity produced by the absence of the pronoun yo ‘I'in two urban areas of the Canary Islands.

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