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 Topic: Charaters' speech in cross-dressing comedies

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Joined: 17 Dec 2009
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Interests: gender studies
Physical Location: Moscow

Posted: 23 Dec 2009, 1:51 pm    Post subject: Charaters' speech in cross-dressing comedies Reply with quote

Hi! I'm new to the discussion board here (though I've been reading the articles on the site for quite a while). The thing is that I'm doing a post-graduate research which concerns both gender studies and phonetics. The material are cross-dressing comedies in English (mostly American ones like Some like it hot, Tootsie, Mrs. Doubtfire and more recent ones of course).

I'm in the course of selecting a number of films for the analysis out of the overall amount (which seems pretty large).

So I'd be really grateful if you could answer my question:
Which cross-dressing comedy (in the English language) do you consider to be most authentic and true-to-life in terms of representing women's speech (if the cross-dresser undergoes a male-to-female change) or men's phonetics? As in which film character is really successful in portraying a woman's or a man's speech in your opinion?

I'm especially interested in the opinion of native speakers so I'd appreciate if you could somehow mark whether you are a native English speaker as well as indicate your proficiency in language studies if you happen to have it.

Hope you're also going to enjoy the discussion :)

Thanks in advance!

Natalia (Moscow, Russia)

PS: And Happy Holidays!
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