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Gender and Professional Communication: The Role of Feminine Style in Multilingual Workplaces

Hiroko Itakura

in Professional Communication

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099654
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207295 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099654.003.0005
Gender and Professional Communication: The Role of Feminine Style in Multilingual Workplaces

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One of the general claims derived from the studies regarding the difference between the speaking styles of men and women between the 1980s and the 1990s reveals that women are more sensitive to others' face and are found to be more co-operative conversationalists. The notion of having a “women's language” is generally held by the public. The concept represents a normative form of the manner in which women speak, and serves as a “meaning resource” that provides speakers with speakers a resource for deriving and interpreting utterances. The social construction paradigm entails that feminine speech or a feminine style of speech is utilized for achieving specific results. This chapter identifies the prosodic and linguistic characteristics of women's normative speaking.

Keywords: feminine speech; speech; normative speaking; women's language; speaking style; meaning resource

Chapter.  8620 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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