ENG 0711 course
December 3 2015
Does man really talk much than women?
Generally, people think that woman always talk much than man. But Janet Holmes who is professor of sociolinguistics from university of wellington thinks that man actually talks much than women. She believes that it is just wide perception that people make that women generally talk too much but in real sense, it is men who talk too much. She uses many claims in her essay ‘women talk too much’ tries to prove that man always dominate the talking time. But her essay is not persuasive enough; it can’t convince me by her claims and evidence.
In the first place, Janet claims that ‘Despite the widespread belief that women talk more than men , most of the available evidence suggests just the opposite.’ (Holmes 300). She uses a evidence from two Canadian researchers that they did some research from 63 studies. it’s shows us women only talk more than man in only two studies .But this kind of evidence is lack of authority. These 63 studies is not a huge number of survey sample. She also didn’t tell us background of these two researchers. As we know Research’s identify is an important role in persuasion. It’s hard to make reader trust this result from this research without an authority researcher identity. So it is not persuading evidence. In the same way, she also claims that ‘In New Zealand, too, research suggests that men generally dominate the talking time.’(Holmes 300). She uses evidence from a British company ‘A British Company appointed four women and four men to the eight most highly paid management positions. The managing director commented that the men often patronized the women and tended to dominate meetings’ (Holmes 301). It is also not persuasive evidence. It is just a little evidence from an unknown company’s managing director. It can’t be a persuasive evidence to support her point that men wants to dominate talking time .She need more data or authoritative evidence for her essay to make it more convincing. a rigorous academic essay always have some strong and clearly evidence to support author’s point. Obviously Janet Holmes didn’t do it well. She needs to focus on her claims to make her essay more persuasively.
Janet Holmes‘s claim is not strong enough. Also her logic is not clear too. She tries proving that men actually talks much than women and men always dominate the talking time in her whole article. But in her conclusion “ ‘We have now reached the conclusion that the question ‘Do women talk more than men?’ can’t be answered with a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The answer is rather, ‘It all depends.’”(Holmes 304).It is making reader feel confuse about her logical. Why she wasn’t give us a clearly conclusion for her main point? Usually, Authors emphasize their main point in conclusion to make their essay looks more clearly. But Janet Holmes looks like doubt her own point in the conclusion .She didn’t emphasis her main point in conclusion even she didn’t give us a clearly conclusion. She point that at the last ‘It seems likely, then, that as long as holding the floor is equated with influence, the complexities of whether women or men talk most will continue to be a matter for debate.’ (Holmes 304). It is a totally mess logical for her essay. She wants to clarify that men actually talk much then women in whole essay. But she wrote that there is no answer for this point at last. That’s a logical terrible conclusion.
Even if her evidence and logo are not clearly enough, but she has persuasive tone for her article. She has a neutral and gentle tone for her thesis. She uses much evidence from different place and different country. Just like the beginning of her essay. She point some research result and evidence from ‘Canadian researchers’ , ‘ In new Zealand ,too, research …’, ‘ a British company appoint…’. So this kind of neutral tone shows the diversity of evidence. It actually makes her essay persuasive.
Holmes’ sums up the essay with the notion that speech patterns in both genders are connected to how different people talk in various environments. She wants to prove that men talk much than women. I view this article to be weak, unpersuasive and not logical enough. It lacks a definitive response to the controversy due to insufficient valuable evidence. She should have presented some stronger evidence to support her claim. Throughout the whole essay, it’s still can’t convincing me to agree with that man actually talk much than women even if she has persuasive tone for her essay.
Holmes, Janet. “Women Talk Too Much.” Exploring Language. Ed. Gary
Goshgarian. 11th ed. New York: Longman, 2007. 299-305. Print.
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