Thesis Proposal -examining gender differences in the use of spoken language.

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                • Name of course: Research Methodology

                • Thesis proposal title: Communicative sex differences

                • Date: December 2nd, 2012


From many years ago, men and women have experimented differences in the way of speaking. Sometimes, if you behave in different way from your sex you can feel discriminated or a strange person. The fact that you belong to a kind of sex; does it force men and women to behave and speak in certain way?

Importance of Research

This research will affect an important characteristic of humans being: communication. As we know, people use it to express things such as feelings, ideas and opinions. Also, it is vital in order to interact with other people. However, we usually make some differences between genders in communication; this is why we are going to research about the differences between men and women and find if the fact that you belong to a kind of sex forces men and women to behave and speak in certain way. It is important to research because differences between genders make generalization that cannot be necessary and it helps us to know what variances are real.

Significant Existing Research

One of the main characteristics of humans being is the ability to communicate. It occurs when two or more people share information about any topic. It sharing happens by talking, texting or writing each other. Also, it allows us social interaction in order to be successful and understood. Communication may be intentional or unintentional, may involve conventional or unconventional signals, may take linguistic or nonlinguistic forms, and may occur through spoken or other modes. However, women and men have different ways to communicate; the biggest one is that women express their ideas in long sentences, so they use more words than men, although this does not mean that all men and all women present this characteristic, some of them do not fit in any gender or fit in both.

It is really important to analyze this difference, because it can help us to find if the fact that you belong to a kind of sex forces men and women to behave and speak in certain way and as future teachers know how to explain in the better way for both men and women.

Men and women have many differences in how their communicate each other. May be one of the most well known books about this is “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” wrote by Gray; (1995) it talks about men and women are from different planets. They have different needs, objectives, values, and communication styles. The author declares that understanding these differences is the essential to successful relationships. Although he explains a lot reason that coincides with other authors, but not everyone agrees with him. This is because if there may be average tendencies in some general characteristics that they suggest, these generalizations certainly do not apply to all men and all women. There are some communicative characteristics in which men coincide with women´s characteristics and there are some in which women coincide with men´s. 

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Cameron (2007) argued about "The myth of Mars and Venus" as the proposition that men and women differ fundamentally in the way they use language to communicate, and she summarized these five basic claims:  Women talk more than men, women are more verbally skilled than men, men's goals in using language tend to be about getting things done, whereas women's tend to be about making connections to other people, men's way of using language is competitive, reflecting their general interest in acquiring and maintaining status; women's use of language is cooperative, reflecting their preference for equality and harmony, and ...

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