Gender Differences in the Use of Question in the Context of Iranian Language

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Abstract. Men and women may use different linguistic forms, although they may belong to the same social class. Many studies have been done to investigate the differences in the language use by males and females. In the same line, this study aimed to investigate the use of questions in men and women's speech in Persian society and to find out if there is any difference between males and females in the use of direct and indirect questions. The five Persian movies with a social theme were used as sources for data collection (Hich koja hich kas, Hiss dokhtarha faryad nemizanand, Man madar hastam, Inja bedoone man, and Pole choobi). The statistical procedures were employed for the analysis of the data. The t-test was used to explore whether or not there was any difference between men and women's speech. The findings indicated that there was no significant difference between males and females in the use of direct and indirect questions.



gender differences, corpus linguistic, information-seeking, interrogative questions, rhetorical question

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