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Title: Do Singaporean youth use language differently?: Gender and language use in personal weblogs
Authors: Ho, Caroline Mei Lin
Chionh, Fiona Jin Ping
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Citation: Paper presented at the 7th Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4-7 January 2009
Abstract: 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.
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