17.434 gender-testing

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       [1] From: Patrick T Rourke <ptrourke@methymna.com> (11)
             Subject: gender-testing

       [2] From: Neven Jovanovic <neven.jovanovic@zg.htnet.hr> (10)
             Subject: Re: 17.430 gender-testing

             Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 09:27:55 +0000
             From: Patrick T Rourke <ptrourke@methymna.com>
             Subject: gender-testing

    > > I am very interested in discussing this topic more - the links between
    > > lexicogrammar, gender, genre, and how text is perceived are very
    >relevant, I
    > > believe, to developing an "information age criticism", bridging the gap
    > > between the "Two Cultures".
    > >
    > > -Shlomo-
    >Whose two cultures?

    C. P. Snow's.

             Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 09:27:30 +0000
             From: Neven Jovanovic <neven.jovanovic@zg.htnet.hr>
             Subject: Re: 17.430 gender-testing

    A possible line of inquiry regarding dialogue and gender:
    do not avoid, or try to neutralize, dialogue. Instead, analyze what
    linguistic features male writers use to represent female speech ("how men
    write women"), and what do female writers do to represent the same, etc.
    One thinks about Ovid writing in a female voice... The results perhaps
    won't be so exhilarating as solving a real whodunit (and they said the
    Author was dead!), but we could learn a lot about conventions, stereotypes,
    prejudices, and the like, in a language, or at least in certain discursive


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