Article published in:A Gender-based Approach to Parliamentary Discourse: The Andalusian Parliament
Edited by Catalina Fuentes Rodríguez and Gloria Álvarez-Benito
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 68] 2016
► pp. 61–75
Gender differences in enumerative series
The ‘dominance approach’ (Jespersen 1922, Lakoff 1973, 1975) has associated female discourse with mitigation and politeness, two characteristics not suitable for political discourse. The aim of this chapter is to analyse the enumerative series, a linguistic resource that is characterised by its intensifying action, in 40 oral questions of the Andalusian Parliament. Qualitative and quantitative analyses have been performed to determine whether there is any difference between men and women in their use of the enumerative series and to identify the formal aspects characteristic of the enumerative series. The results obtained indicate that the enumerative series is mainly used by male interlocutors, although there is not a marked difference.
Keywords: Enumerative series, intensification, (im)politeness
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Published online: 01 December 2016
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