Evaluate the idea that women’s language is less powerful than men’s.

The student would firstly evaluate the title, and decide their view in regards to the statement made. They’d then discuss the relevant theories, for example, Lakoff’s women’s language theory, O’Barr and Atkins powerless language, and Fishman’s conversational “shitwork” theory to argue that women’s language is powerless, and more modern theories such as Cameron’s gender theory and Tannen’s difference theory, just to name a few. They’d then form an argument around these theories, and compare them to one another. They would then come to a conclusion based on their view and the evidence given.

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