A Gender-Based Linguistic Patterns in Quora Apps: A Comparative Study





Gender-Based Linguistic Pattern, Quora Apps


There is a wide variety of interrelated social media platforms. Gender orientation can affect preferences for language use in particular social media, especially Quora, which is famous as a medium for collecting questions and answers on specific topics. Breaking new ground, this study uniquely juxtaposes gender orientation with linguistic preferences on Quora, an unexplored research area. This content analysis design employed textual data posted by Quora users in the "Skilled English Writing" forum during January-March 2023. Following Lakoff's gendered language theory, women frequently employ hedges to indicate uncertainty, whereas men use boosters to express confidence. The language of women was characterized by greater formality and formal grammar, whereas men favored informal abbreviations. In addition, women utilized emoticons for emphasis more frequently than males. These linguistic differences result from complex social, cultural, biological, and psychological effects, underscoring the importance of gender and social factors in language formation.

Author Biographies

Tinara Candra Dewi, IAIN Ponorogo

Tinara Candra Dewi is B.Ed. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching at the State Islamic Institute of Ponorogo, Indonesia, in 2023. Her internship and work experience are as a teacher assistant and English tutor. She is motivated to continue learning and developing her skills. She is interested in researching linguistics and literature.

Wiwin Widyawati, IAIN Ponorogo

Wiwin Widyawati was born in Wonogiri, Central Java. She earned her master Degree from Gajah Mada University. She has been teaching English at English Department of the State Institute of Islamic Studies. She is interested in conducting research dealing with linguistics and literary works.

Pryla Rochmahwati, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Ponorogo

Pryla Rochmahwati has been appointed an English lecturer in the English Department of IAIN Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, since 2011. She is highly motivated to develop her skills and grow professionally constantly. She is interested in researching technology integration on ELT, innovative teaching methods, higher education, and professional development. She can be contacted at email: pryla@iainponorogo.ac.id

Nurul Khasanah, IAIN Ponorogo

Nurul Khasanah was born in Trenggalek, East Java. She earned her Bachelor and Master degree of English Education from Islamic University of Malang in 2006 and 2009. Since 2010, she has been teaching English at the English Education Department of the State Institute of Islamic Studies. She has conducted many research in designing suitable materials for the students, linguistics, literary works, and community engagements


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How to Cite

Candra Dewi, T., Widyawati, W., Rochmahwati, P., & Khasanah, N. (2024). A Gender-Based Linguistic Patterns in Quora Apps: A Comparative Study. SALEE: Study of Applied Linguistics and English Education, 5(1), 79–96. https://doi.org/10.35961/salee.v5i1.1085