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This is a sociolinguistic case study that involves collecting data from 10 females and 10 males about their nicknames in Australian English. The focus is on how speakers of Australian English derive nicknames. The people with the nicknames do not themselves have to be native speakers of Australian English.
Further, for nicknames that are based on a name, there is no requirement that the original name should be an Australian English name. The original name might for example be Svetlana or Rashid, with nicknames like Svet or Rasho. The only requirement is that the nicknames were originally given by native speakers of Australian English and are currently used by native speakers of Australian English.
Research Question (1,000 words)
Analyse the data you have collected, and provide generalisations based on your analysis with reference to the following issues:
A. How the usage and non-usage of nicknames indicates social closeness vs social distance
B. The role of social closeness vs social distance, as evidenced by nickname usage and non-usage, as components in gender oppositions.
You may choose to discuss these issues in sequence, or you may choose to discuss them jointly.
All generalisations made in the discussion must be exemplified with data that you have collected. You may summarise your data, if a summary is relevant. Some examples of the kinds of summary statements which could be made are:
1. â€˜Among females, only those below the age of 26 had nicknames which were not based on a nameâ€™
2. â€˜Males did not like nicknames based on their first namesâ€™
3. â€˜People 26 and older did not have nicknames based on their last namesâ€™
4. â€˜With one exception, people 26 and older did not have nicknames based on their last namesâ€™
5. â€˜More females than males had â€“Y nicknames, and no females had â€“O nicknamesâ€™
As illustrated by (3), it is possible to generalise about negative evidence. Negative generalisations are as valid and important as positive generalisations, and should be integrated into your analysis. As illustrated by (4), it is possible to make a statistical generalisation. As illustrated by (5), it is possible to conjoin two generalisations, if this is relevant to making a particular point.
Your analysis and supporting generalisations must be discussed with reference to the existing research literature on gender oppositions. You do not have to agree with the existing literature. Your data may contradict theories in the existing literature.
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