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Ho, C. M. L., & Chionh, F. J. P. (2009, January). Do Singaporean youth use language differently? Gender and language use in personal weblogs. Paper presented at the 7th Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
This paper focuses on a group of Singaporean Chinese polytechnic students' use of
discourse features that are deemed to be distinctive in blog writing. Specifically, the
research delved into areas pertaining to structural properties of male and female blogs,
content type and replies to blog entries. Further, an examination of lexico-grammatical,
profane and emotive language features in these blogs was carried out. The findings show
that overall, male and female blog entries did not reveal clear-cut gendered differences,
with exception of the use of profane language. Based on the results, we can infer that
participants of both genders seek to present themselves as members of a particular
blogging community through the use of different discourse features that serve the
contextual needs within a particular blogging community. Pedagogical implications of
blogs as a teaching tool for classroom language practitioners are discussed.
This paper was presented at the 7th Hawaii International Conference on Education, held in Hawaii, USA from 4 – 7 Jan 2009
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