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Volume :33 Issue : 130 2015      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Gender Differences in the Use of Politeness Strategies in Formal Written Discourse by EFL Saudi Students

Auther : Maha Hamed Alsoraihi

This study aims to examine the effect of gender on the use of specific politeness strategies in written discourse by EFL students. It contributes to the growing body of research on gender and writing. It suggests that linguistic politeness is one way that we construct our gender identity in written discourse. This study distinguishes between female and male written discourse by focusing on some linguistic politeness strategies which have been usually associated with female-typical language use. These strategies include: politeness units, questions, hedges, intensifiers and personal involvement. This study concludes that gender differences grow out of experience, learning, and self-definition in the family and in the culture. The concern with the influence of gender on learning is associated with the belief that men and women have differing learned roles, behaviors, and self- perceptions in society. Thus, the more a culture has an impact on the behaviors of men and women, the less freedom the latter have in manipulating their assigned social roles.

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