Gender Effects on First Language Acquisition
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This is a study concerning gender effects on first language acquisition, focused on vocabulary growth across the age range 22-34 months, and language production at 34 months. It is suggested that at 22 months girls have a more extensive vocabulary than boys due to capacity differences; however, at 34 months such a pattern cannot be found. Furthermore it is suggested that gender affects language production in the sense that male and female speakers will prefer to produce words that are associated with their culture’s definition of masculinity and femininity. The study on vocabulary growth is based on the assumption that TTR (type/token ratio) reflects vocabulary size and it proves that, at 22 months, girls have a more extensive vocabulary than boys; however, at 34 months such a pattern is less obvious, if any conclusion can be drawn it is that boys have a slightly larger vocabulary than girls. The study on language production is focused on verb production and it shows that boys and girls prefer verbs that are associated with common stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 23 p.
Vocabulary Growth, Language Production, Type/Token Ratio, Gender Stereotypes, First Language Acquisition.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39826OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-39826DiVA: diva2:321503
2010-05-31, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm, 12:00 (English)
Lilja, Sara, Assisting Professor
Shaw, Philip, Professor