Adolescents’ language in blogs: a case study of female and male bloggers

Rosa Munoz-Luna, Antonio Jurado-Navas

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Abstract

The present paper examines six blogs written by adolescent writers (three of them are female, and the other are male). The objective of this article is to find similarities and differences in style and layout among the different bloggers, according to some research variables within the theoretical framework of Social Constructivism. The employment of pictures, emoticons and exclamations will account for the style of the author, who might show a higher or lesser degree of personal involvement in their texts. On another note, humour, irony and jokes in the blog contents are crucial to classify its entries; finally, syntactic and lexical features are a proof of the stylistic choices made by the author. Results show that female bloggers present more personal and intimate layouts and contents in their blogs, while at the same time they can utilise a wider range of lexicon and syntactic resources to expose their ideas; on the contrary, male authors do not write so introspectively, being emotionally detached from their text contents, and operating with more neutral language.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Insights into Gendered Discursive Practices: Language, Gender and Identity Construction
EditorsAntonia Sánchez Macarro, Ana Belén Cabrejas Peñuelas
PublisherUniversity of Valencia
Publication date2014
Pages197-215
Chapter8
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-370-9267-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Female
  • Male
  • Adolescent
  • Blog
  • Language
  • Layout

Cite this

Munoz-Luna, R., & Jurado-Navas, A. (2014). Adolescents’ language in blogs: a case study of female and male bloggers. In A. Sánchez Macarro, & A. Belén Cabrejas Peñuelas (Eds.), New Insights into Gendered Discursive Practices: Language, Gender and Identity Construction (pp. 197-215). University of Valencia.