Women's and Men's Perceptions Regarding Perceived Speaker Sex and Politeness of Given Utterances

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Women's and men's responses regarding perceived speaker sex and the politeness of given utterances were examined through the use of a questionnaire administered to 90 people, 45 men and 45 women. The questionnaire required respondents to rate the politeness of each utterance and label each as being more likely spoken by a man or by a woman. Factors possibly affecting perceptions--such as power, prestige, and the stereotypical conversational structures of both men and women--were addressed through others' research in this area. Additionally, all tested sentences were analyzed in light of linguistic politeness theory regarding on-record and off-record speech. This analysis ... continued below

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Johnson, Deanna Michelle May 1995.

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Women's and men's responses regarding perceived speaker sex and the politeness of given utterances were examined through the use of a questionnaire administered to 90 people, 45 men and 45 women. The questionnaire required respondents to rate the politeness of each utterance and label each as being more likely spoken by a man or by a woman. Factors possibly affecting perceptions--such as power, prestige, and the stereotypical conversational structures of both men and women--were addressed through others' research in this area. Additionally, all tested sentences were analyzed in light of linguistic politeness theory regarding on-record and off-record speech. This analysis details each utterance through examining the type of politeness strategy each utterance typifies.

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Johnson, Deanna Michelle. Women's and Men's Perceptions Regarding Perceived Speaker Sex and Politeness of Given Utterances, thesis, May 1995; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277635/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .