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SEMINAR: Linguistics Seminar

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Today's date is Monday, November 19, 2018
Linguistics Seminar : Psycholinguistic gender differences in literary fiction Other events...
Although psychological gender differences have been reported in a variety of domains, sometimes amounting to psychologists comparing them with the distance between Mars and Venus (Del Giudice et al., 2012, PloS One), linguists still debate about the magnitude of such differences in language use. I present findings from a corpus linguistic study that employed computerised text analysis methods to examine gender differences in British, Irish, and American literary canons of the 19th and early 20th centuries, comprising c. 15 million words. Very large (Cohenís d > 1) gender differences were found for article use, personal pronoun use, positive emotion words, social words, and words reflecting analytical thinking. Other psycholinguistic categories showed gender differences ranging from negligible to large (0 < d < 1). These quantitative findings on 132 novels provide further challenges to the gender similarities hypothesis whilst supporting the sex differences hypothesis arising from and supported by evolutionary science. The present findings extend existing scientific knowledge on human gender differences to psycholinguistic and biocultural domains.

Speaker(s) Severi Luoto
Location Seminar Room 2.63
Contact Maia Ponsonnet <maia.ponsonnet@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:00
End Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:30
Submitted by Louise Griffiths <louise.griffiths@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:04
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