Than a face-to-face conversation because they tend to feel protected by a ‘privacy shield’. This meaner that they can express their own opinions and thoughts using taboo language with a sort of anonymity. If their account is set to public anyone will be able to view their tweets and other accounts can actually report the tweet if they feel offended. From my results I can see that male users of twitter use this feature more than females.
This supports Deborah Tanner’s Difference Theory, which is the idea that males and females converse differently. She claims that ‘status vs… Support’ is en (of 6) of the main differences between the ways males and females use language. Tauten states that ‘men see language as a meaner of asserting dominance; whilst women see it as a way of confirming/supporting ideas’ Her theory can be proven from my results as tweet number 3 from Comedian Alan Carr says ‘How are you today little bastards?
Xx’ I think that in this context people will accept his language because of who he is and his identity. Not only this but he actually calls his fans his ‘little bastards’ therefore in this situation he hasn’t offended anyone. The purpose of his tweets is purely to entertain and humor his ‘little bastards’. On the other hand, Kim Sardinian says Watching my mom now! Couldn’t be more proud!!! Tune into the Kuris show now! ‘ Her tweet clearly shows her support for her mum through the use of both her lexis used and the extended punctuation (!!! , which puts emphasis, tone and prosodic features into the text. This backs up Deborah Tautens theory that women support each other Gender theorist Zimmerman and West (1975) came up with a theory that also relates to my results as they say Men use more taboo words than women’- I can support this with my data Andresen’s 10 by @assassinations says ‘Bullying is sick! It is something that affects every school ND @Crookedly is helping @anticoagulation make a difference!
Proud of you x’. This tweet clearly shows how she is supporting another user for his hard work. The use of the Hat the end of her tweet makes her tweet This makes them think they can gain authority by using a type of language to make the other participants feel threatened. However, from my results I can see that when it comes to faceable taboo language is used between friends as a way of entertainment and isn’t seen as offensive. Argued that in some contexts, the words