Project 2-Final Paper

Project 2-Final Paper - Male and Female Speech Communities...

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Male and Female Speech Communities COM 134 Group Project 2 October 20, 2010 Group #26 Jamie Riedford Kasey Rose Sanam Sahni Will Reilly Evan Reinhardt
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After discussing our individual observations of the ways that men and women speak and use nonverbal communication, our group is more aware of the specific norms and patterns of communication between various communities. Verbal communication and nonverbal communication are two extremely important aspects of relationships between all people, and we will discuss how each group we observed displayed different patterns in the ways in which they communicate. Communication differed between women and women, men and men, and men and women. The assorted norms and patterns we observed influence not only heterosexual romantic relationships, but homosexual romantic relationships as well. Male on male interactions are highly casual and low-key compared to others. We feel as if there is a more laid back attitude that is more present in the interactions between men than anyone else. As Evan observed the groups of males sitting at their tables, they seem much more relaxed and comfortable while completing their work. The tables of all females were mostly sitting around in an orderly fashion, each individually hunched over their own textbook or computer. As each female was working on their school assignments, they seemed to be much more busy than the groups of males he observed at other tables. On one occasion, Evan observed a girl who was scared to say anything aloud, so she drew the attention of her friend by waving and touched her hands to her ears to signal she wanted to borrow the headphones. Otherwise, he found very little female on female interaction in this part of King Library. While across the room, Evan witnessed three males staring at the same computer screen and conferring with each other quietly, using verbal and nonverbal cues. At another table, he saw four males all sprawled out in their area. One guy even had both of his feet up on the table. Their body behavior, attitude and overall vibe in general had a more relaxed and comfortable feel. The setting of these observances definitely has a drastic influence on the outcome, because the library obviously has some restrictions on volume, which significantly affects communication. Communication between women as Sanam observed at her friend’s party was very stereotypical. It was something commonly seen not only at parties, but other social gatherings too. Women were not only very energetic with greeting one another, but there 2
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were also certain rules followed by them with respect to communication principles. Communication rule is the basic understanding of certain ways to talk in a conversation. For example, at the party the host politely thanked everyone who came and made sure
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