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10 aprile 2019: Filippo Domaneschi: Performing orders: gender bias in multimodal communication

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Workplace Studies Research Group: sites.unimi.it/workplacestudies

Seminar 2018-2019: "Language and Society"

Filippo Domaneschi - Università degli Studi di Genova

Performing orders: gender bias in multimodal communication

10 aprile 2019, ore 12:00-14:30.

Sala Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, Via Festa del Perdono, 7


The business of a sentence is not only to describe some state of affairs but also to perform other kinds of speech acts like ordering, suggesting, asking, etc. Understanding the kind of action performed by a speaker who utters a sentence is a multimodal process which involves the computing of verbal and non-verbal information. This work aims at investigating if the understanding of a speech act is affected by the gender of the actor that produces the utterance in combination with a certain facial expression. Experimental data collected show that, as compared to men, women are less likely to be perceived as performers of orders and are more likely to be perceived as performers of questions. This result reveals a gender bias which reflects a process of women’s subordination according to which women are hardly considered as holding the hierarchical social position required for the correct execution of an order.


Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences.
Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

Organization: prof. Giampiero Gobo and prof. Alessandro Zucchi.

10 aprile 2019
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