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THE CHOICE OF TOPICS IN MALE, FEMALE AND MIXED-SEX GROUPS OF STUDENTS OF PETRA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY IN THEIR CHATTING

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Author(s): Aylanda Dwi Nugroho | Shierly Agustin

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: conversation | chatting | topic of talk | conversation | men's language | women's language | opening | topic boundary | topic shifts.

ABSTRACT
This study analyzed some conversations in the male, female and male-female groups of some university students. Using McCarthy's classification of topics, the results show that 'Persons' is the typical topic in the female group, while 'Objects/ belongings' is the most favorite topic in the male group. In the mixed-sex group, it is interesting to see how both sexes negotiated the topics by proposing the typical topics of the other sex group.

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