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Directness and indirectness - a study on male and female usage of directness / indirectness toward the same and opposite gender based on the TV-series Emmerdale
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

There are many preconceived ideas about gender and communication. Women are often seen as indirect and men as more direct.. A great deal of research on gender and discourse has been done, but the gender of the listener has not been of great importance in earlier studies. The aim of this paper is to investigate if there is a difference in the way men use directness and indirectness when speaking to men compared to women, and vice versa. The investigation is based on six characters, three men and three women, in the British TV-series Emmerdale. The results show that one woman and one man are mainly indirect, two women and two men are mainly direct. There is only one character in whom we can notice a difference in the usage of directness and indirectness towards men and women. That is a woman who is more indirect to women than to men, and more direct to men than to women. The remaining five characters have the same level of directness/indirectness towards both women and men. Even though the characters are presented in a very stereotyped way, the general assertion that women are more indirect than men does not apply to this TV-series.

Abstract [en]

There are many preconceived ideas about gender and communication. Women are often seen as indirect and men as more direct.. A great deal of research on gender and discourse has been done, but the gender of the listener has not been of great importance in earlier studies. The aim of this paper is to investigate if there is a difference in the way men use directness and indirectness when speaking to men compared to women, and vice versa. The investigation is based on six characters, three men and three women, in the British TV-series Emmerdale. The results show that one woman and one man are mainly indirect, two women and two men are mainly direct. There is only one character in whom we can notice a difference in the usage of directness and indirectness towards men and women. That is a woman who is more indirect to women than to men, and more direct to men than to women. The remaining five characters have the same level of directness/indirectness towards both women and men. Even though the characters are presented in a very stereotyped way, the general assertion that women are more indirect than men does not apply to this TV-series.

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2001. , 27 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53861Local ID: ENG D-11OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53861DiVA: diva2:1102421
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English
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