2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Sexual Relation Words: The Lexical Differences between Heterosexual Men and Women in Talking about Sex and Sexual Activities
Lisa C. Miller
Dr. Mary Shapiro, Faculty Mentor

This project investigated the word choice of college-aged, sexually active males and females concerning sex and sexual activities. Cameron and Kulick (2003: ix) claim that “our ideas about sex are bound up with the language we use to define and talk about it”. Two different groups, separated by gender, conversed about sex and sexual activities. The words the separate genders used in their discourse were compared. It was found that there is relatively little lexical difference between the genders in discussing sex.

Keywords: Sex, Linguistics, Heterosexual


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 20-2
Location: VH 1304
Time: 10:00

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