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A study of gender-related differences in introductory letters
2000 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

It could be assumed that after having read many letters of personal style, most of us would develop "some sort of sense", as to which letters are written by men and which are written by women. This hints that it is possible that there are differences in the way women and men use the English language in introductory letters. Some features that are supposed to distinguish women's speech are the use of specialized vocabulary, expletives, 'empty' adjectives, tag questions, intonation, 'superpolite' forms, hedges, hypercorrect grammar and joke- telling and humor. Furthermore, women's speech is believed to be more powerless than the language of men and it is assumpted that women tend to deal with private topics more than men do. Naturally, the question is whether these features and assumptions can be applied in the 100 letters forming the base for this study or not.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, letters, language, gender, sex, men, women, correspondence, writing, linguistics, English, male, female, differences
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51258ISRN: LTU-CUPP--00/62--SELocal ID: 878be4e9-d973-4c6a-a7c7-cfcabab5b033OAI: diva2:1024620
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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