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HEY GUYS, WOMEN AREN’T THE YAKKERS: THEY LISTEN, AND ENCOURAGE YOUR JABBER

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Okay, men, listen up. Women aren't the yakkers you make them out to be.

You are.And not only do women talk less, they listen more, says a faculty member at the College of William and Mary.

Deborah Cameron, a sociolinguist from England, also says men are more aggressive in their use of language, interrupt more and tend to dominate conversations, even if they are outnumbered by women.

Cameron says part of the reason is because women are better listeners. Women provide support through short interjections such as "yes," "mm," "oh," "right" and "really" that signal that they are listening, are interested and wish to continue the conversation. Women also show interest by asking more questions.

Cameron says the male domination of conversation and propensity to interrupt is related to gender, not professional or social status.

"For example," she says, "women doctors are regularly interrupted by blue-collar male patients; male doctors don't have this problem."

In addition, she says, her studies show that men feel entitled to more conversational space than women - even in situations where a man should show deference to a woman.

She also says that while men talk among themselves about things - sports, cars and beer, for instance - women tend to talk about people and relationships.