Social Cognition of Gender and Language


Department of Foreign Languages, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


The question, Do men and women use language differently played a central part in the emergence of feminist socio linguistics more than two decades ago, and it casts a long shadow. This paper focuses on the literature that has contributed to the understanding of the major research questions underlying two major strands, language and gender, concentrating on the development of the literature from the deficit and dominance models to the social constructivist era of post-modernism in order to provide a context for recent developments in language and gender theories. This article tries to investigate the social cognition of gender and language.