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A Linguistic Hybrid?: a study of male linguistic features in female conversation
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates four women’s use of typically male linguistic features in casual same-sex conversation. The aim of the study is to see whether and how this group of women use the linguistic features; swearing, interrupting, disagreeing and ignoring, questions and monologues (‘playing the expert’) which are all more common in male conversation and often part of a competitive communication style. I will also attempt to answer if these women’s linguistic behavior is typically female or male. The four women were tape recorded during a planned conversation in a casual setting and the recording was transcribed. The transcription was analyzed by using definitions of the linguistic features above made by, for example, Jennifer Coates (2004). The results show that these four women were neither typically female nor male, but a mix of the two; a hybrid.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, female language, male language, collaborative communication style, competitive communication style, swearing, interruptions, disagreeing, ignoring, questions, monologues, ‘playing the expert’
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-9707Archive number: HEU:C11:21OAI: diva2:427977
Subject / course
English language education
Educational program
Education – upper secondary school
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-07-15 Created: 2011-06-29 Last updated: 2011-07-15Bibliographically approved

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