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Gender differences in Swedish students’ written texts and students’ identification of female and male language features
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate if any linguistic differences between the sexes can be found in Swedish students’ compositions in English. My aim was also to investigate what features students perceive to be typically male or female. By studying a number of Swedish students’ English compositions, I was able to detect differences between boys’ and girls’ language and also compare my discoveries with earlier research. I investigated both the features that separate the genders in their writing and also what students identified as female and male language use. In my investigation, I found some linguistic differences between the sexes which were more distinct than others; for example their use of stative and dynamic verbs. But, on the other hand, I found no noticeable difference between boys’ and girls’ use of adjectives; words which are often said to be more commonly used by girls.

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2007. , p. 33
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gender and language, gender-based linguistic differences, comparative study
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-639OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-639DiVA, id: diva2:6329
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2007-01-18
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humaniora/teologi
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