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The truth about communication differences between genders

Deborah Cameron’s book The Myth of Mars and Venus seems to be a fact-based debunking of the popular notion that men and women speak and write differently. It’s Language Log territory, for sure.

In the London Times she outlines the myths about communication between genders:

Myth 1: women talk more than men.
Myth 2: men and women communicate differently.
Myth 3: men’s and women’s brains are hardwired differently when it comes to language.
Myth 4: men interrupt more than women.

If you’re interested in more, the book has been excerpted in three parts in the Guardian.

1. What language barrier?
2. Speak up, I can’t hear you
3. Back down to Earth

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Grant Barrett