Why do women talk so much?

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Berna Bleeker
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Actually, men talk just as much! Mar 6, 2013

See http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4488 f, for example:

  1. There has never been any "study" showing that "women talk almost three times as much as men", although this non-existent "research" has been cited by dozens of science writers, relationship counselors, celebrity preachers, and other people in the habit of claiming non-existent authoritative support for their personal impressions;

  2. Many real-world studies of gender differences in language use indicate that men and women are about equally talkative. One large, relatively recent study (M.R. Mehlet al., "Are Women Really More Talkative Than Men?", Science, 317(5834) p. 82 July 5, 2007) found essentially equal counts of about 16,000 words per day in six samples of university students in the U.S. and Mexico.

  3. The University of Maryland study did not perform any word counts whatever, but rather looked at the effects of FOXP2 gene expression on the vocalizations of baby rats, and measured Foxp2 protein levels in the brains of a few dead human children.



 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Local time: 19:04
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English to Afrikaans
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Even in each other's company? Mar 6, 2013

Berna Bleeker wrote:
Many real-world studies of gender differences in language use indicate that men and women are about equally talkative.


Even if they are part of the same conversational group?


 


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