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dc.contributor.advisorBeaver, David I., 1966-en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBannard, Colinen
dc.creatorMarkarian, Sandra Suzanneen
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-21T19:37:06Zen
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-21T19:37:18Zen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-11T22:21:28Z
dc.date.available2011-02-21T19:37:06Zen
dc.date.available2011-02-21T19:37:18Zen
dc.date.available2017-05-11T22:21:28Z
dc.date.issued2010-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2010en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-12-2038en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractUsing the social networking site Facebook as a corpus, I collected 1,500 random samples of interactions between friends. I tracked the use of jokes and disparaging humor between same- and opposite-gender pairs to discover that there is a strong correlation between the style of joke-making evoked by the speaker and the gender of both the speaker and the hearer. The men in the study were about eight times more likely to make insulting or degrading jokes with other men than the women were with each other. Following the study is a discussion where I address methods of politeness across genders, approaches to humor, and how sex, culture, and gender expectations influence our communicative choices. Though the discussion is based in our linguistic choices, the results of the study reflect trends that are present in countless aspects of society, and the issues that are raised go far beyond the spoken word.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectFacebooken
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen
dc.subjectHumoren
dc.subjectCommunication and sexen
dc.subjectInsultsen
dc.subjectJokingen
dc.subjectPolitenessen
dc.titlePaper bullets of the brainen
dc.description.departmentLinguisticsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
dc.date.updated2011-02-21T19:37:18Zen


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