AbstractThe current study attempts to address the negotiation of gender identity in the Pakistani multilingual context to explore the gender identity of male and female speakers through conversation features of opening, topic shifting, interruptions, and silence. The recorded and transcribed data of six peers in an academic setting in the University of Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan, is analyzed in the light of the list of commonly occurring features of masculine and feminine talk suggested by Holmes (2006). The study reveals that men and women exhibit varied verbal behavior and negotiate their identities through discourse. The stance taken in this paper is that of respecting the differences among genders without labeling their talk as inferior or superior. The paper lays an early brick to the present repository of research in gender and language because the conversation analysis in the Pakistani multilingual context is still an area that needs further exploration.
1-Rabia Faiz Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Azhar Pervaiz Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan3-Faheem Arshad Lecturer, Department of English, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan.
KeywordsConversation Analysis, Gender, Identity, Peer Discourse
Volume & IssueVI - IV