Do Women Speak More Correctly Than Men?. The Language Feature

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Do women speak more correctly than men? The language feature looked at in this report was used to assess whether women speak more correctly than men. This myth is said to have arose because women are traditionally expected to have perfect behaviour in all areas, including language. Whilst collecting data, other language features such as correct prefixes and pronunciation were considered. However, assessing whether the speaker ended their sentence with a preposition seemed to be the most accessible to address the chosen myth as it could provide the most quantitative, reliable results. Ending a sentence in a preposition may be considered incorrect use of language as the purpose of a preposition is to demonstrate a relationship between other…show more content…
Such as the preposition of ‘to’ was difficult to analyse as it had to be contextualized, in most cases it turned out to be either the homophones ‘two’ or ‘too’. An issue also became apparent with ‘before’ as if a noun is placed in front of the word, it is not considered a preposition but an adverb. Speaker: Gender: Prepositions Used: Total: 15-20mins 25-30mins 35-40 mins 1 Female I II I 4 2 Female - I II 3 3 Male - II II 4 4 Female I I II 4 5 Male - II I 3 6 Male I - - 1 Analysis During analysis, observations were made on the data collected on each speaker. The data analysed was the raw quantitative data collected, based on the number of prepositions each speaker used incorrectly during the tally during collection. The subgroup time periods of tally were added up to create a total number for each speaker, before placing each speaker into their set gender group to determine an average of each gender based on the mean. The standard deviation was also analyzed to determine the consistency of the data and see if it was affected by any outliers. Once the scores of each gender were complete the mode, median, mean and standard deviation was calculated for all speakers to provide some overall measure of data on the topic of correctness, without direct link to gender. After that, the total of each speaker was calculated into two single gender scores so that the data could be comparable between genders, providing evidence towards the

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