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ERIC Number: EJ888850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Gender Differences in Language Use
Erlandson, Karen
Communication Teacher, v19 n4 p116-120 Oct 2005
Research exploring language use has identified several language features that differentiate men and women. Research also concludes that men's and women's writing are rated differently as well, with women's writing rated higher on socio-emotional and aesthetic quality and men's writing rated higher on dynamism. Despite these differences, casual observers are not able to determine whether or not a written paragraph was authored by a man or woman (Mulac, Incontro, & James, 1985). This seeming inconsistency leads to questions about how meaningful differences are and what consequences they might have. This article presents an activity that exposes students to gender differences in language use, while introducing them to some of the research methods used to study language difference. This activity also helps the instructor explore how meaningful these differences may be. It is a useful activity because it involves the students actively in the learning process and reinforces lessons from their lecture and text material. It also provides them with a glimpse of research methodology. Finally, it teaches important material in a format that is engaging and fun. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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