“Talking emotions”: Gender differences in a variety of conversational contexts

Orly Turgeman Goldshmidt, Leonard Weller

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Based on numerous studies demonstrating gender differences in both language and emotions, we investigated whether women are more verbally expressive of their feelings than men. Data from eleven samples, based on four methods of data collection (observations, "hidden" observations, interviews, and content analysis), were analyzed as to whether women used more emotional words than men. In each of the eleven samples, women used significantly more emotional words. The findings relate to two theoretical issues in the literature: "dominance" versus "cultural" perspective of gender and language and the importance of context in analyzing gender differences in language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


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