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ERIC Number: EJ799367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
Gender Differences in Language Use: An Analysis of 14,000 Text Samples
Newman, Matthew L.; Groom, Carla J.; Handelman, Lori D.; Pennebaker, James W.
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v45 n3 p211-236 May 2008
Differences in the ways that men and women use language have long been of interest in the study of discourse. Despite extensive theorizing, actual empirical investigations have yet to converge on a coherent picture of gender differences in language. A significant reason is the lack of agreement over the best way to analyze language. In this research, gender differences in language use were examined using standardized categories to analyze a database of over 14,000 text files from 70 separate studies. Women used more words related to psychological and social processes. Men referred more to object properties and impersonal topics. Although these effects were largely consistent across different contexts, the pattern of variation suggests that gender differences are larger on tasks that place fewer constraints on language use. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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