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Title: Man and woman talk in Indian organizations: grammatical and syntactical similarities
Authors: Kaul, Asha
Keywords: Group communication;Management communication;Organizational communication;Workplace interaction
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2012
Publisher: Journal of Business Communication
Citation: Kaul, A. (2012). Man and Woman Talk in Indian Organizations: Grammatical and Syntactical Similarities. Journal Of Business Communication, 49(3), 254-276.
Abstract: The article examines grammatical and syntactical forms in reported speeches of men and women in the Indian work environment. Until recently, there has been little or no study on the linguistic performance across genders in the Indian setting. However, the recent advent of women in the organizations indicates that an understanding of the linguistic similarities or variances is required and will aid collaborative communication. Based on an empirical study, the article posits that linguistic variances in the organizational setup begin to fade at the middle management level. Communication and styles of communication are organization and not gender specific. Additionally, the article argues that organization-fit language is more masculine in nature and hinges on aggression and assertion rather than nurturance or submission. Findings of the research may be of significance to academics and corporates in the business scenario who review the process of communication in same- and mixed-gender groups from the lens of organizational requirements rather than gender specifics.
ISSN: 00219436
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