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Original scientific paper
https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02

Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE

Shala Barczewska   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0001-7896-7025 ; Department of History and Culture Studies, Institute of Foreign Languages, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland
Agata Andreasen ; Department of History and Culture Studies, Institute of Foreign Languages, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland

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APA 6th Edition
Barczewska, S. & Andreasen, A. (2018). Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE. Suvremena lingvistika, 44 (86), 194-213. https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02
MLA 8th Edition
Barczewska, Shala and Agata Andreasen. "Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE." Suvremena lingvistika, vol. 44, no. 86, 2018, pp. 194-213. https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02. Accessed 21 Sep. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Barczewska, Shala and Agata Andreasen. "Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE." Suvremena lingvistika 44, no. 86 (2018): 194-213. https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02
Harvard
Barczewska, S., and Andreasen, A. (2018). 'Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE', Suvremena lingvistika, 44(86), pp. 194-213. https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02
Vancouver
Barczewska S, Andreasen A. Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE. Suvremena lingvistika [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2019 September 21];44(86):194-213. https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02
IEEE
S. Barczewska and A. Andreasen, "Good or marvelous? Pretty, cute or lovely? Male and female adjective use in MICASE", Suvremena lingvistika, vol.44, no. 86, pp. 194-213, 2018. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.02

Abstracts
Nearly half a century after Lakoff ’s controversial publication Language and a Woman’s Place(1975),
the verdict is still out as to the exact relationship (if any) between language and gender (cf. Baker
2014: 3, Cameron 2005). Th e proposed theories addressing the similarities and differences between
male and female speech often focus on social and cultural influences that may cause a man or woman
to act or speak in a certain way; for example, use more adjectives or a broader variety of adjectives.
Moreover, they often use as their source materials anecdotes and personal data. As a result, the studies, and the papers they produce, are often influenced by researcher intuition (Baker 2014; Schmid
2003). Only within the last fifteen to twenty years has it really been possible to analyze large collections of spoken data to test this intuition. Nevertheless, even with the advent of computer–assisted
data analysis, the results are ambiguous. Th e aim of our study is to analyze male and female use of
adjectives in the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE). We compare the use of
select basic adjectives (good,bad, big,small,pretty,ugly,important, and different) and their near synonyms in an attempt to support or call into question intuition–based claims that certain adjectives
are more ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’, or that women use more and a greater variety of adjectives than
men. Th is paper hopes to contribute to the ongoing discussion regarding gender differences and
language.

Keywords
use of adjectives; men’s speech; women’s speech; gender differences in language; MICASE

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