Detecting Female and Male Language Features in Facebook Comments by Malaysian Millennial Users Fung, Kirstie Tet-Mei Ting, Su-Hie Chuah, Kee-Man 2023-05-02T00:45:00Z 2023-05-02T00:45:00Z 2023
dc.description.abstract This study examines gendered language use in Facebook comments by Malaysian millennial users. Textual analysis was conducted on 260 Facebook comments collected from 11 Facebook social pages. Sixty participants’ reasons for identifying the gender of the writers of 14 Facebook comments were also analyzed. The results showed that half of the participants could correctly guess the writers’ gender. The Facebook comments showed more frequent use of male than female language features. The male millennial users were inclined towards using Sexual References, Insults/Profanities, Directive/Autonomy, Strong Assertion, and Rhetorical Questions. The females, however, were inclined towards using Hedges, Polite and Emotionally Expressive Words, Interpersonally Orientation/Supportiveness, Questions, and Experience Sharing. From the participants’ perspective, male writing is short, direct, rude, negative, and crude, while female writing is lengthy, tentative, polite, positive, emotional, and reflects concern for others. The non-gender specific language features identified from textual analysis are Information Orientation, Apologies, Tag Questions, and Aligned Orientation, but different features were given by the participants (Questions, Rhetorical Questions, and Strong Assertion). The study also shows that Information Orientation, Self-Promotion, Sexual Reference, Opposed Orientation, Hedges, Apologies and Tag Questions may be falling into disuse among Malaysian millennials in Facebook comments. The findings suggest that language patterns used by Malaysian millennials deviate from conventional norms, with some comments displaying cross-gender language patterns. This indicates a blurring of conventional gender language norms in online interactions.
dc.format.extent 19 pages
dc.identifier.issn 1836-6821
dc.subject gendered language features
dc.subject Malaysian millennialsFace
dc.subject book communication
dc.subject.languagecode msa
dc.title Detecting Female and Male Language Features in Facebook Comments by Malaysian Millennial Users
dc.type Research article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 55
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.startingpage 37
prism.volume 16
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