This presentation pursues to analyse the implementation of specific linguistic theoretical frameworks with the purpose of creating a conceptual depictional unbalance between male and female collectives, as assessed by means of their conversational behaviour. In particular, the manipulative deployment of Grice’s theory on conversational collaboration will be explored as an ideological resource for the male supremacist status quo to determine the socially acceptable conversational behaviour of the citizenship to subsequently classify speaking collectives according to their recreated degree of adhesion to the game rules set by Western patriarchal establishments. Thus, the operativity of the interpretation of Grice’s conversational behaviour as the standard will be analysed as an instrument for the characterisation of women’s speech as naturally deviating from the norm. The fulfilment of the aforementioned objectives may involve an extensive revisitation of men and women’s discourse, in order to contemplate the potential deployment of salient gender-specific language features to metonymically conceive male and female conduct within or outside the male threshold of social permissibility.
In particular, the stereotypical widely spread belief on women’s verbosity and communicative unproductivity, as encoded in popular culture narrative artefacts including refrains and proverbs, will be susceptible for its manipulation as evidence of women’s communicative incompetence and menacing subversive ways, which would exhibit in the females’ natural tendency to violate Grice’s quantity maxim, a precept that demands speakers to limit their expression to sufficiency
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