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October 2021

''Talking emotions'': Gender differences in a variety of conversational contexts

Author(s): Weller, L.

Journal/Book: Symb Interact. 2000; 23: C/O Journals Division 2000 Center St, Ste 303, Berkeley, CA 94704-1223, USA. Univ Calif Press. 117-134.

Abstract: Based on numerous studies demonstrating gender differences in both language and emotions, we investigated whether women are more verbally expressive of their feelings than men. Data from eleven samples, based on four methods of data collection (observations, ''hidden'' observations, interviews, and content analysis), were analyzed as to whether women used more emotional words than men. In each of the eleven samples, women used significantly more emotional words. The findings relate to two theoretical issues in the literature: ''dominance'' versus ''cultural'' perspective of gender and language and the importance of context in analyzing gender differences in language.

Note: Article Goldshmidt OT, Hebrew Univ Jerusalem, Dept Anthropol & Sociol, IL-91095 Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Keyword(s): CLOSE RELATIONAL PARTNERS; CHILD CONVERSATIONS; SEX-DIFFERENCES; PAST EMOTIONS; PHYSIOLOGY


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