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ERIC Number: ED115113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-6
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
She Writes Like a Woman.
Waters, Betty Lou
This paper describes the preliminary results of research currently underway concerning sex-based differences in written composition. Sixty themes written by college-age native speakers of English were chosen for study. The themes were typed exactly as they had been written. No corrections were made. They were numbered alphabetically by the names of their authors, but the names were not given on the themes. The 60 typed themes were turned over to a panel of 10 college English teachers who read each theme and tried to identify the sex of the writer. Out of the 600 decisions by the panel, 411 were correct. This is significant to a .999 level. The panel indicated reasons for their choices. These reasons were the basis for a formation of criteria for male and female themes. The criteria discussed in this paper are subject matter, word choice, metaphors, perspective, and tone. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Southeast Conference on Linguistics (Atlanta, Georgia, November 1975)