Female frequency error

BrainOfOnesOwnImage.jpgThe Washington Post has a review and the first chapter of neuropsychiatrist Dr Louann Brizendine’s book ‘The Female Brain’ (ISBN 0767920090).

Brizendine is founder of the Women’s and Teen Girls’ Mood and Hormone Clinic in San Francisco and her book tackles how biological sex differences have a significant impact on thought and behaviour.

However, the psycholinguists over at Language Log were a bit suspicious about the book repeating a common claim that ‘a woman uses about 20,000 words per day while a man uses about 7,000′.

In a series of posts [one, two, three] Mark Liberman looked for the relevant scientific studies and found that, on average, men use slightly more words per day than women.

Link to Washington Post review of ‘The Female Brain’.
One, two, three links to Language Log analysis (thanks Mageriane!).

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