Title

Feminine style in presidential debate discourse, 1960–2000

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Abstract

Dow and Tonn's feminine rhetorical style is used to evaluate the argument structures used in presidential debate discourse. Results suggest that the feminine style element of references to personal experience is prevalent in debate discourse but that inductive structure and use of anecdotes and examples are less prevalent than one might expect. Further, feminine style elements, including references to personal experience and use of inductive structure, have decreased over time since the 1960 debate. Differences were also found in use of specific feminine style elements by political party, incumbency status and election outcome. © 2005, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Name

Communication Quarterly

Volume Number

53

First Page

3

Last Page

20

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1080/01463370500055814

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