The influence of gender on the verbal behavior of old age respondents within the framework of research the stimulus word «playfulness»


  • Yulia S. Bondar Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H.S. Skovoroda
  • Iya V. Hordiyenko-Mytrofanova Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H. S. Skovoroda
Keywords: free associative test, stimulus word «playfulness», verbal behaviour, old age, gender

Abstract

The article is devoted to revealing the influence of gender on verbal behavior of old age respondents within the framework of research the stimulus word “playfulness” as a relevant token in language consciousness of the Ukrainian residents. The sample comprised 376 respondents: 194 females and 182 males.

The universal features of verbal behavior of respondents (the results yielded from the first reaction) are reflected in the following lexemes: «joy», «coquetry», «kitten», «children», «delight», «laughter», «mood», «prank», «briskness», «love», «smile», «joke», «horse», «animals», «fun», «mischievousness», «excitement», «lightness».

The specific features are implemented, among others, in such lexemes as: «joy», “gladness”, “kindness”, “woman”, “fun”, “cunning”, “spontaneity”, “intelligent”, “flirt”, “jokes”, “humorous”. The influence of gender is reflected in such female associates as “coquetry”, “smile”, “mood”, “sun”, “enthusiasm”, “success”, “happiness”, and male – “love”, “tricks”, “vitality”.

Among singular reactions to stimulus word «playfulness» there are some reactions with negative connotation: «a glance of a prostitute», «loose morals», «provoking», «a gold-digger», «thoughtless», «capricious», «light-heartedness».

On the whole, old age respondents show a positive attitude to the stimulus word «playfulness» and estimate it as something positive.

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Author Biographies

Yulia S. Bondar, Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H.S. Skovoroda

PhD student, The Chair of Practical Psychology,
Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H.S. Skovoroda, 
29, Artema Str., Kharkiv, 61002
jjuliasj@gmail.com

Iya V. Hordiyenko-Mytrofanova, Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H. S. Skovoroda

Dr. in Psychology, Professor, the Chair of Practical Psychology,
Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H. S. Skovoroda,
29, Artema Str., Kharkiv, 61002
ika-gm@mail.ru 64

Published
2017-11-16
How to Cite
Bondar, Y. S., & Hordiyenko-Mytrofanova, I. V. (2017). The influence of gender on the verbal behavior of old age respondents within the framework of research the stimulus word «playfulness». PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, (21(1), 65-85. Retrieved from https://psycholing-journal.com/index.php/journal/article/view/41