4.4.2. Gender Differences

Do girls and boys differ in their use of these styles?

My data do not show clear differences in girls' and boys' usages across the range of the features investigated in this study; from this sample there is not a straightforward correspondence between gender and the use of one set of linguistic forms. Girls, as well as boys, exhibit some competitive forms: G4 in Group III for example; and G10 in Group V. The girls also exhibit non-co-operative features, G9 in Group V, and G12 in Group VI, for example. Neither do the boys use exclusively competitive forms. While B5 demonstrates a range of competitive forms, other boys, such as B2 in Group II and B7 in Group VI, do demonstrate some co-operative forms. However, there do appear to be co-operative forms which girls use and boys do not: lexical repetition and joint turn construction for example, which are evident among nine of the fifteen girls in the study (G1, G2, G3, G5, G6, G7, G13, G14, and G15), but not amongst any of the nine boys.


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