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Hedging in Iranian English language teachers’ spoken language: Any differential effect for gender?

Leila Tajik / Ameneh Ramezani
Published Online: 2018-08-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2018-0016


Despite the importance attached in the literature to the use of hedges, the study of hedging has been shown to target, mainly, the written corpora of various types and so remains neglected in naturally occurring speech. Moreover, the existing discussion predominantly encompass cross-cultural variation in the use of hedging devices and gender as a variable has largely been overlooked. This study was conducted to shed more light on the differences between 4 Iranian male and female English instructors’use of hedging and its different realizations in their actual speech. One teaching session of each instructor was videotaped and the instructors were asked to view their video and to recollect their reasons for resorting to different activities for teaching. Their recollections were recorded and transcribed. Based on Hyland’s classification of hedges, the frequency and realization of hedging in male and female corpus were identified. Results showed considerable differences in the overall distribution of hedges as well as certain types of hedging linguistic devices throughout the male and female corpus.

Keywords: Hedging; gender; spoken language; ELT


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Received: 2017-08-09

Accepted: 2018-05-29

Published Online: 2018-08-01

Citation Information: Open Linguistics, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 310–322, ISSN (Online) 2300-9969, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2018-0016.

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