Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Linguistik, Note: 2,7, Universität Mannheim, Veranstaltung: Proseminar , 8 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: The language and gender (L&G) Studies begun as part of the much larger Women's movement, which Tucker 2003:199). Two different views have been advanced as to the relationship between language and gender. The first view is that the gender differences in the language are the reflection of the way society works. And the second view states that 'the language serves as a primary means of constructing and maintaining the society' (O'grady & Dobrovolsky 1997:517). There is truth in both of these views. To clarify the two statements made by O'grady and Dobrovolsky, my term paper shall treat the correlation between sexual orientation of the speaker and fought against the 'ever present inequality between the sexes' (Paulston & language use. The words language and gender can lead to confusion, when we use the both words in the same context. It may help to start with short explanation of the terms sex and gender. The word gender is a social construct, which we can associate with certain behaviour (Thomas et al.). Today feminists make a difference between sex and gender. In comparison with gender, sex is based on biology and it is a category, predetermined before birth (Thomas et al.). On the basis of these two definitions, I will try to give an answer of questions like 'Do women and men talk differently? ' or 'What is meant by sexist language?' and if there is sexist language against men, is there a linguistic discrimination? I will study both the reasons for different varieties used by women and men and the consequences from these gender differentiations. My term paper shall look at the typical forms of language use, in this case, in relation to gender. I will aim to find the possible reasons for gender-based differences. There are many factors which define the women's language, how do the women speak, why they use certain vocabulary, which is not typical of men. Some of the influencing factors could be social and political, the long odds in the education between the women and men in the past. How does influences and shapes the women's language? The answer so that and many other questions shall be the subject of my term paper.