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Discursive Construction of Gendered Identities


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Boduljak, Željka. (2018). Discursive Construction of Gendered Identities. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Grubišić, Marina].

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One’s identity as a woman or a man is highly dependent on her or his language choices and the way in which people represent themselves and others through discourse(s) is a result of a complex relationship between society, knowledge, opinions and attitudes. The problem of gender differences in language use of women and men has been explored many times so far, but in different ways and from different perspectives (see Lakoff, 1975; Holmes, 1986; Tannen, 1990; Coates, 1996; Sunderland and Litosseliti, 2002). Most of these studies deal with identifying specific features of women’s and men’s writing styles, however, this study aims at examining whether and how gendered identities are constructed through discourse(s). By using both the qualitative and quantitative approach, the study investigates students’ perceptions of gender differences in language use. The results show that gendered identities are constructed through discourses and that certain differences in discourse comprehension and identification of women’s writing features do exist with respect to the students’ sex and the faculty they attend.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse(s), gender, identities
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Grubišić, Marina
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 10:36

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