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Are We Terribly Different?: A case-study of male and female fiction-writing in English
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to find similarities and differences between male and female fiction-writing. The data has been collected from pupils at an upper secondary school in Central Sweden. They were given an extract from a novel by Bernard MacLaverty and from that they were supposed to continue the story. Theories that have evolved during the last centuries claim that the language use between men and women differ in many aspects. Women, it is said, use a more emotional language than men do, while men use more expletives than women. Likewise, the language is said to differ in the use of adverbs, verbs and adjectives. It has also been claimed that men and women have different topic developments and that women write longer sentences than men. The results of the current study show that most of these claims are false, or at least not true in this specific context. In most cases there is little or no difference between the male writing and the female writing. There are also cases where the opposite is true – for example, the female participants write shorter sentences than the male participants. A general conclusion of the study is that the writing between the two groups are quite similar – or at least that similarities are present to a larger extent than differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2008. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Language, Gender, Fiction, Writing, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-3763OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:3763DiVA: diva2:518605
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2009-03-05 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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