ERIC Number: ED188266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences In Intercultural Discourse: An Empirical Analysis.
Schneider, Michael J.; Jordan, William J.
Previous interpretations of male/female discourse were examined in light of new data generated from a study of intercultural mixed-sex dyads. Eleven dyads, each consisting of a Chinese and an American subject, were videotaped in 30-minute conversations about courtship in different cultures. The tapes were content analyzed to obtain information on amount of time spent talking by members of each sex and culture group, number of informative questions asked by members of sex and group, number of interruptions, and number of tag questions used. In addition, 26 American subjects rated each dyad member on measures of dominance, expertness, linguistic skill, attractiveness, helpfulness, and apprehensiveness. The results showed that the percentage of time spent talking per dyad was significantly related to sex, with males talking more than females; however, the average length of talk was found not to be significantly correlated with sex. The percentage of time talked per dyad was not found to be related significantly to perceived dominance, but the average length of talk was correlated significantly with dominance. The findings suggest that stereotypes of the "submissive" female and the "aggressive" male may not hold true in intercultural interactions. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 1980).