Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. George Robeck

Second Advisor

Dr. Steve Rhodes

Third Advisor

Dr. Shirley Woodworth

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The relationship between gender-related language and psychological sex role orientation is explored. Research findings are cited that support the existence of sexist language and the influence of language on thought. Evidence of the behavioral expectations re la tin g to psychological sex role orientation is presented. A relationship between psychological sex role orientation and gender-related speech usage is hypothesized. An instrument for measuring gender-related speech was developed and subsequently administered to a group of community college students along with the Bern Sex Role Inventory. The hypothesis is only supported for psychologically feminine participants who report significantly high use of feminine speech. Despite a problem with inadequate sample size , results suggest a need for greater flexibility and latitude in the use of gender-related speech for women than for men.

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