How Polite is Your Professor? A Gendered Analysis of Hedging as a Tool for Student Engagement at UCLA

Layla Hernandez, Yasleen Robinson, Charlotte Norris Throughout their lectures, professors typically engage with their students. This process often requires the professors to implement certain linguistic devices in their speech that allow for them to sound less aggressive and threatening. These linguistic features include forms of hedging. Both male and female professors rely on hedges to […]

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