Faculty of Humanities
Department of English and German Philology
COMMUNICATIVE STYLE AND GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATIONS
Author Tadas Dilnikas
Academic Supervisor Liolita Bernotienė
Klaipėda University, 2014
1. Aspects of Computer-mediated communication
1.1. Types of computer-mediated commmunication
2. face-to-face communication versus computer-mediated communication
2.1. Impact of social networking sites
3. LINGUISTIC Gender DIFFERENCES
3.1. Language and gender
3.1.1. MINIMAL RESPONSE
This research is intended to explore how gender interacts with communicative style to affect decisions to participate in computer-mediated communications (CMC) and what are the significant differences in interest in topics, as well as effects of style across all subjects. Also, what kind of linguistic strategies are more common in men and women and how they affect same gender, cross gender communication on social web pages, emails, chat rooms, forums or any other computer-mediated environment.
Men and women differ psychologically in the way they act, from the style in which they communicate to the way in which they attempt to influence others. The biggest differene between genders and their style of communication get down to the fact that men and women view the purpose of conversation differently. Overall, women are expected to use communication to enhance social connections and relationships, while men use language to enhance social dominance (Mulac, Bradac, Palomares, Giles, 2009 – “Exploring Subjectivity in the Gender-Linked Language Effect: A Process Model”, 2009).
Communication that appear within computer-mediated format alter many different aspects on an interaction. Literary scholars mainly focus on:
impression formation (“The...