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The Effect of Gender Stereotypes in Language on Attitudes Toward Speakers

Dennison, Christy L. (2006) The Effect of Gender Stereotypes in Language on Attitudes Toward Speakers. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study uses a matched guise technique to elicit evaluations of men and women from participants based solely on what they hear. Four speakers (two men and two men) created two recordings, one in which they incorporated "women's language" into their speech and the other using "standard" language. One hundred university students listened to each recording and evaluated the speaker in terms of twelve personality traits. Results showed a significant difference in how male and female speakers were perceived, regardless of the language style they employed. Women's language and "standard" language were also perceived differently regardless of speaker gender.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dennison, Christy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKiesling, Scott Fkiesling@pitt.eduKIESLING
Committee MemberGodley, Amandaagodley@pitt.eduAGODLEY
Committee MemberGooden, Shelomesgooden@pitt.eduSGOODEN
Date: 27 June 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 15 December 2005
Approval Date: 27 June 2006
Submission Date: 25 April 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: language and gender; matched guise; speaker evaluation; women's language
Other ID:, etd-04252006-133141
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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