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The Change of Gender Stereotypes and its Reflection in English Spoken Discourse

Student: Ekaterina Prokhorova

Supervisor: Elena Freidina

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2021

Studies of various types of gender identity are highly relevant due to the radical transformation of gender stereotypes: discrimination and sexism are being rejected and gender equality is generally acknowledged. The aim of the present work is to observe how changing stereotypical notions about gender are reflected in English spoken discourse. In the course of the research, we examined the reflection of the gender factor in language, the formation of feminist linguistics, the implementation of gender stereotypes in society, and the prosodic characteristics of speech of both sexes. The material for the research was an audio recording of the genderless voice assistant. The results of the study demonstrate that gender neutrality is reflected in the prosodic characteristics of speech. The results of the research provide a deeper insight into the social variation of prosody and testify to the change of gender stereotypes.

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