Interpersonal Communication Research: Advances through Meta-Analysis

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various situations. For example, perhaps politeness forms are perceived as powerless language during persuasive efforts, but not during interpersonal interactions when there is no attempt at influence. The primary concern of future research in this area should be examining diverse contexts to examine the effects of using powerful and powerless language. In addition, the issue of message elicitation must be investigated, as the dynamics of the interaction may influence the use of powerful and powerless language. A third consideration is performing more naturalistic observation, as the effects may differ outside of the university boundaries. Naturally occurring language is an important feature to this area of study, but getting a representative sample of all populations (not just those involved in academia) could make a difference. Observing workplace negotiations, teaching practices, parenting strategies, and courtroom interactions would all be fruitful avenues for future inquiry on sex differences in language production. Ultimately, this meta-analysis has illuminated a small but perhaps crucial difference that exists between men's and women's language use.

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