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ERIC Number: EJ1117945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
A Study on Gender Differences in the Length of Requests in Turkish
├ľnem, Engin Evrim
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v12 n2 p13-21 2016
Gender can be considered as an important variable in language use and research suggest that men and women use language differently. Speech acts are not exception and this study aimed to find out whether gender played a role in making requests. To analyze this, a Discourse Completion Task in Turkish consisting of five situations was given to 54 students (30 male/24 female) studying at a state university and were asked to write how they would make requests for each situation. Then, the number of the words used for each requests and in total were calculated and compared according to the gender of the participants. The results of the independent samples "t-test" showed a statistically significant difference between the female and male participants in the number of words used in total and for each request, in favor of females. The results were similar to the previous research suggesting that women had a tendency to include more details and men tended to be more direct. Discussion of the results and implications for future studies are presented in the final section.
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies. Hacettepe Universitesi, Egitim Fakultesi B Blok, Yabanci Diller Egitimi Bolumu, Ingiliz Dili Egitimi Anabilim Dali, Ankara 06800, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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