ERIC Number: EJ850852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Race and Gender in Current American Politics: A Discourse-Analytic Perspective
Suleiman, Camelia; O'Connell, Daniel C.
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v37 n6 p373-389 Nov 2008
Male and female, black and white political interviewees (M. Albright, B. Clinton, H. Clinton, B. Obama, C. Powell, and C. Rice) of Larry King on CNN TV are used to ascertain whether ethnicity and gender affect the way politicians actually speak. Qualitative comparisons are made of Obama's hesitations and rate with and without a threatening context. A number of normalized response measures are evaluated quantitatively: percentage of syllables spoken by each interviewee, and use of interjections, interruptions, self-referent I, non-standard English, "y' know", and syllables of laughter. Senator Obama and Secretary of State Rice become the focus of the comparative evidence that both ethnicity and gender do indeed influence the speaking of politicians.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Oral English, Politics, Public Officials, Evaluation, Syllables, Legislators, Gender Issues, Speech Communication, Speech Habits, Comparative Analysis, Intonation, Articulation (Speech), Language Rhythm, Speech Skills
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