Male conversations

Male (single sex) conversations

Can you guess who is speaking in this transcript? Analyse the dialogue below.

B:

Uh you know that really gay guy in our Age of Revolution class who sits in front of us? He wore shorts again, by the way, it’s like 42 degrees out he wore shorts again[laughter] it’s like a speedo, he wears a speedo to class he’s got incredibly skinny legs, you know

E:

You know like those shorts women volleyball players wear?  It’s like those it’s like French cut spandex

B:

You know what’s even more ridiculous? When you wear those shorts and like a parka on

C:

He’s either got some condition that he’s got to like have his legs exposed all the time or else he’s got really good legs

E:

He’s probably he’s he’s like he’s like at home combing his leg hairs

C:

He really likes his legs

B:

He doesn’t have any leg hair though

E:

He really likes his legs

A:

Very long very white and very skinny

B:

Yes and oh those ridiculous Reeboks that are always (indecipherable) and goofy white socks always striped tube socks

E:

He’s the antithesis of man

The point of reading this  transcript is that to any normal person they features and the nature of the transcript means that is appears to be a group of females However, actually this was a group of males. This research came from Deborah Cameron, who basically believed you can never know – males and females are very similar.

So what features did we find in this transcript?

 

  • Intensifiers ‘incredibly’
  • Fixed expressions ‘you know’
  • Filer ‘like’
  • Specialised vocabulary ‘French cut spandex’
  • Support 
  • Empty adjective ‘ridiculous’
  • Knowledge of female topic – apparel ‘Reeboks’
  • Initiation
  • Cooperative
  • Bitchiness 
  • Hedging ‘its like’
  • repetition ‘really likes his legs

 

 

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