Female speech style : Does it change over time? / Kamisah Ariffin, Misyana Susanti Husin and Roselina Musahar

Ariffin, Kamisah and Husin, Misyana Susanti and Musahar, Roselina (2004) Female speech style : Does it change over time? / Kamisah Ariffin, Misyana Susanti Husin and Roselina Musahar. Gading Business and Management Journal, 8 (2). pp. 47-61. ISSN 2600-7568

Abstract

Numerous examinations of gender speech styles have been conducted primarily based on real life conversations which were unprepared and spontaneous (Coates 1986; Tannen 1991; Githens 1991), but little has been done in other frameworks. This study looks at gender speech styles in the perspective of its portrayal in literary texts. It focuses on the analysis of stereotyped characteristics of female speech style as portrayed in three children’s novels, written over a period of three centuries – 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. The analysis is based on Lakoff’s characteristics of female speech style – the use of special vocabulary, imprecise intensifiers, super polite forms, weak forms of expletives, hedges, tag questions and direct quotations, as portrayed in the novels. Since most creative writings are created based on the writers’ observations on the reality of their surroundings, to a certain extent, they do rely on the stereotyped and generalized behaviour to make their written products believable, real and acceptable to the audience. Thus, this study also examines whether the female style of speaking changes over time, based on the writers’ observations and perceptions.

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Item Type: Article
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Ariffin, Kamisah
kamisah@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Husin, Misyana Susanti
misyana@melaka.uitm.edu.my
Musahar, Roselina
roselina@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Leadership in women
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > Public speaking
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Gading Business and Management Journal
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Gading Journal for the Social Sciences (GADINGSS)
ISSN: 2600-7568
Volume: 8
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 47-61
Keywords: Female speech styles, Stereotyped characteristics, Literary texts
Date: December 2004
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/31540
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