A Conversational Analysis on Classroom-Based Talk Show Production: Genderlect in Focus


Authors : Mae Viel C. Galano; Jonelson C. Escandallo; Elealeh G. Suan

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 10 - October

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This qualitative-conversational analysis study aimed to analyze the conversational styles based on gender through the responses of the participants on a given specific topic. It also aimed to examine the significant difference of the students’ way of answering when analyzed according to gender. Further, it aimed to elucidate why gender affects how they deliver their thoughts through a conversation. This study is anchored to the theory of “Genderlect” popularized by Deborah Tannen (1984), who proposes that there is a difference in language based on gender. She emphasized the existence of two major types of conversational styles. That shapes the communicative behavior of individual speakers: a high-involvement style and the opposing highconsiderateness style. These styles can reflect the general linguistic behavior of women and men in conversation. She also added that there are linguistic features which were developed by men and women during conversation. Following the suggestive range of entries from Clark and Braun (2013) which is 10-100 participants, this study was solely focused in gathering data from forty (40) students, comprising twenty (20) male and twenty (20) female, specifically from the Senior High School, Grade 11. As to the participants’ responses there were six (6) communicative behavior observed during the talk show production namely: speed; preference on topic/ argument; turn takings; directness; emotion/intimacy; establishment of authority and strategy. With regards to the six (6) linguistic features formed into themes emerged that women ask more questions than men; women use more fillers than men; both men and women use intensifiers for emphasis; women use more rebuttals compared to affirmatives than men, women use more adjectives than men. The results are believed to be significant for the language teachers, for it is important to know the different conversational styles of our students most especially that gender is one of the factors to be considered in the speech delivery of our students.

Keywords : Education, genderlect, qualitativeconversational analysis, Tagum City, Philippines.

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