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I Mean, You Look Sexy.: Differences in perception of a male and female character amongst students in Seychelles
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines the difference in perception of a character in a male and a female guise amongst university students in Seychelles, and elaborates on how such difference reflects gender hierarchies in general. The students were given a questionnaire consisting of five scenarios, in which two or more characters communicated, and then answered questions about their perception of the characters. The character’s gender mattered to how he/she was perceived for at least one of the characters in the dialogue, in four of the scenarios, and in one scenario there was no difference in perception of the male guise and the female guise. The biggest difference in perception of a male guise and female guise was in a scenario in which one character commented on his/her colleague’s appearance. The male guise was perceived more negatively both when commenting and when rejecting such comment. However, the space in which the interaction took place, and the relationship between the characters influenced how they were perceived. So, when a group of people commented on an unknown person’s appearance, on the beach, the respondents perceived both the male guise and the female guise of the character similarly both as commenters and as receivers of the comment. 

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2018. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
gendered language use, Seychelles
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144279DiVA, id: diva2:1178501
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
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Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-29 Last updated: 2018-01-30Bibliographically approved

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