Gender Significance in an Interaction English Language

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Significance of gender in an interaction

The text is a conversation between a manager of a shop and two trainees. The language each of them uses is different and shows the different levels of authority they have.
The manager seems like he has the most power out of the three. This could be because he knows what he is doing and what is going on therefore has automatic control. This is shown by him talking the most out of the three which shows that he is mainly leading the conversation which shows authority. When Josh is speaking he has an informal register and is very abrupt and blunt when he speaks, and example of this is when he replies simply “cool”. This could be a type of covert prestige, where Josh is purposely trying to talk less formal. When the manager is talking to Suzie he is a lot more polite to her than he is to Josh. for example he says to Suzie “I’d like you to…” but he says to Josh “I want you to…”. This could be seen as a type of sexism as he is more polite and kinder to Suzie and he is kind of asking her whereas when he is talking to Josh it is like he is commanding him. Suzie is more polite when she speaks for example saying “that’s fine” to the manager and reassuring him which is a lot kinder than what Josh said. Suzie is also more deferential and seems lesser in this conversation and not as powerful. When the manager is talking he uses a lot of repetition. For example “you need… eight-thirty… and I mean eight-thirty yes.” This shows power as it shows the manager knows…...

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