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Gender and its Effect on Perceptions of Certainty with Clause-Initial Falsetto

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Emily Walters ,

Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, US
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Lindsey Flowers

Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, US
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Gender and its effect on spoken language has been a prevalent topic in linguistic research since Robin Lakoff pioneered the movement in the 1970s.

Emily Walters, a senior Literature and Professional and Technical Writing double major, explored spoken uncertainty and gender in her self-designed and led research project. Through her Language and Gender course taught by Professor Abby Walker, Emily collected samples of male and female speakers speaking with normal intonation and with clause-initial falsetto intonation. She then surveyed participants on which speech pattern made each gender sound more certain.

Her results of this pilot study were surprising, challenging the standard notions of gender and uncertainty. Emily discusses her research, inspiration, and challenges in the interview to the left. Emily’s research provides a new perspective on a topic that has been thoroughly discussed for 40 years, and further research might be able to change the conversation.
How to Cite: Walters, E. & Flowers, L., (2017). Gender and its Effect on Perceptions of Certainty with Clause-Initial Falsetto. Philologia. 9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/ph.v9i0.220
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Published on 25 Apr 2017.

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