no offense taken, Severn. You are right--this is a sweeping generalization.
i am in university now and am taking linguistics this semster. This module is titled language and society and for our term project, we will have to come up with gender differentiation. Our group decided to focus on speech and hence phonetics.....
acire, i believe gender is not a cause for differences in abilities of speech but gender can be a cause for differences in attitudes held towards speech...
this sem, i have learnt about William Labov(a leading sociolingistic) who has shown that women and men differ in their speech patterns.(women were found to pronounce the standard variant more often than men) and he explained such findings by claiming that women are more status-conscious than men and want to converge towards the speech forms of the upper classes(he has shown earlier that the upper classes tend to pronounce the standard variant more often)....
however, there is a lack of significant class division in Singapore(my country) and i am wondering about how best to explain our findings(yup, we found singapore females to be more articulate than males in general)
have i explained myself well enough?if not, just say so and i will be happy to clear up any doubts...
thanx for your help and interest and i hope to see more opinions too..