ERIC Number: ED151873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes toward Male and Female Speech: Experiments on the Effects of Sex-Typical Language.
Berryman, Cynthia L.; Wilcox, James R.
This document describes two experiments that tested male and female attitudes toward sex-typical language. In the first experiment, 119 undergraduate females were asked to read and evaluate one of two written passages where the linguistic features were manipulated to create male and female sex-typed versions. Participants were tested on their attitude toward the following: the message, speaker of the message, sex-role stereotype of the speaker, and sex identity of the speaker. In addition, they were asked to complete the Fand Inventory of Feminine Values. The results reflect significant differences in the evaluation of source-anonymous male and female speakers in the areas of sex, command, self-orientation, and compliance. The second experiment, involving 59 females and 42 males, repeated the sex-typed readings of the first experiment. The results indicate that evaluation of female speakers differs significantly from that of male speakers with regard to command, accommodation, plausibility, and sex. Six data tables and a bibliography accompany the document. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)