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ERIC Number: ED279186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Lexical and Sex-Related Differences in Spoken and Written English: Some Results of Undergraduate Research at Lund University.
Altenberg, Bengt
A number of studies written by Swedish students of English in a university research and writing skills program focused on lexical and sex-related differences between spoken and written English. The lexical studies all confirmed the existence of two divergent modes of communication, a spoken "verbal" style and a written "nominal" style. The reports show the contrasts between the styles as systematic and fundamental, involving categories and structures at all levels of linguistic organization and closely related to the contrast between face-to-face conversation and public expository prose. The studies have confirmed and enriched each other from widely different viewpoints and agreed with the findings of other comparable studies. The studies of sex-related language differences have sometimes agreed with each other but have often given a confusing picture of non-significant or conflicting tendencies. They have shown that more research is necessary to disentangle the many sex-related variables in conversational behavior. However, the studies show that projects of this kind can be of great value and can contribute to the understanding of various aspects of spoken and written English. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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