Women's Talk vs. Men's Talk: Conversational Contributions of Hosts in Formal Task-oriented & Structure-based Contexts

Siti Zuraiyni Yassin
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In Deborah Tannen’s (1993) work entitled Gender and Conversational Interaction it was found that in many Western studies ‘Women’s Talk’ appears to be equal or much more the amount of ‘Men’s Talk’ in informal conversational contexts. However, the dominance and performance of ‘Women’s Talk’ in formally task-oriented and structure-based conversational contexts are not as apparent and powerful as the ‘Men’s Talk’.

Due to this claimed phenomenon, this paper has specified its focus and analysis on the role between male and female hosts of a television broadcast panel discussion in Malaysia by non-native speakers of English. This formatted programme involves conversations in a formally task-oriented and structure-based context chaired by different male and female hosts and consists of mainly three panelist discussing specific issues for each episode. As the host of a television programme, his or her role in conversational contributions of a formal mode especially through ‘the art of using interview questions’ to conduct, develop and maintain the flow of a formatted programme is most important in determining the success of the whole programme.

Consequently, for the above reason, this paper aims at discovering whether there are obvious differences between men and women’s conversational contributions in the broadcast media when given a formally task oriented and structure-based assignment from an Eastern situation and perspective.

Keywords: conversational contributions, Women’s Talk, Men’s Talk, Television Broadcast Media Host, Formal Task-oriented Context, Structure-based Context, The Art of Interview Questions
Stream: Language, Linguistics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Siti Zuraiyni Yassin

Lecturer, Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge & Language Learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Research Interest: cross-cultural communicative studies in the fields of Language, TESL, Education, Gender and Culture

Ref: H06P0394