Gender and Discourse

ISBN-10: 0195101243

ISBN-13: 9780195101249

Edition: 1996

Authors: Deborah Tannen

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In GENDER AND DISCOURSE best-selling and highly respected linguist Deborah Tannen has gathered together five of her essays on language and gender to elaborate the theoretical and empirical framework that underlies her best-selling book, YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. In an informative introduction, Tannen discusses her field of linguistics, describes the research methods she typically uses, and addresses the controversies associated with her field as well as some misrepresentations of her work. The essays themselves cover a wide range of topics. In one, she analyses a number of conversational strategies-- such as interruption, topic raising, indirectness, and silence--and shows that, contrary to earlier work on language and gender, no strategy is linked inflexibly to dominance or powerlessness in conversation. Interruption (or overlap) can be supportive as well as dominant; silence and indirectness can express control as well as powerlessness. The interactional context, the participants' individual styles, and the interaction of their styles, Tannen shows, all influence the balance of power. In these essays, she peels back the layers of complexity and strategy underlying even the most basic of conversational interactions to reveal a world where much more than the literal meaning of words is being communicated. Readers interested in a deeper and more detailed understanding of Tannen's work will find this volume fascinating. It will be sure to interest anyone curious about the crucial yet often unnoticed role that language and gender play in our daily lives.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/4/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Deborah Tannen is the bestselling author of "The Argument Culture", "Talking from 9 to 5", "That's Not What I Meant", & "You Just Don't Understand", which was on "The New York Times" bestseller list for nearly four years, including eight months as number one. She is a professor at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. "I Only Say This Because I Love You" is her seventeenth book. Her latest book is entitled, "You Were Always Mom's Favorite: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives."

Acknowledgments
Introduction
the Relativity of Linguistic Strategies: Rethinking Power and Solidarity in Gender and Dominance
Interpreting Interruption in Conversation
Gender Differences in Conversational Coherence: Physical Alignment and Topical Cohesion
Conversational Strategy and Metastrategy in a Pragmatic Theory: The Example of Scenes from a Marriage
Ethnic Style in Male-Female Conversation
the Sex-Class Linked Framing of Talk at Work
Index
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