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ERIC Number: ED120886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 134
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Women's and Men's perception of Female and Male Speech.
Kramer, Cheris Gamble
The study was designed to elicit stereotypes of female and male speech behavior from high school and college students, and to compare those stereotypes with ratings made by the participants of their own speech and of "ideal" speech. The participants were 466 high school and college caucasian women and men. The study employed a 51-item questionnaire on which participants rated the degree to which speech characteristics are possessed by males, females, and self. The basic question addressed was whether female and male speech is perceived as different by high school and college students. Data analysis showed that 36 of the characteristics were rated as differentiating between female and male speakers. Ratings of speech characteristics did not differ as a function of the school class level of the participants. While men and women generally agreed in their assignment of speech characteristics on the basis of sex-role, women on the average perceived greater differences between the sexes than did the men. Women and men differed little in the discrepancy between self and ideal ratings. The results give strong evidence that the speech of females and the speech of males, as perceived by women and men, do not have the same subject matter or the same manner of delivery. (Author/RB)
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