Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families / Edition 1

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Overview

Through everyday talk, individuals forge the ties that can make a family. Family members use language to manage a household, create and maintain relationships, and negotiate and reinforce values and beliefs. The studies gathered in Family Talk are based on a unique research project in which four dual-income American families recorded everything they said for a week. Family Talk extends our understanding of family discourse and of how family members construct, negotiate, and enact their identities as individuals and as families. The volume also contributes to the discourse analysis of naturally occurring interaction and makes significant contributions to theories of framing in interaction.

Family Talk addresses issues central to the academic discipline of discourse analysis as well as to families themselves, including decision-making and conflict-talk, the development of gendered family roles, sociability with and socialization of children, the development of social and political beliefs, and the interconnectedness of professional and family life. It provides illuminating insights into the subtleties of family conversation, and will be of interest to scholars and students in sociolinguistics, discourse studies, communications, anthropological linguistics, cultural studies, psychology, and other fields concerned with the language of everyday interaction or family interaction.

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"This is a must read for linguists, and its multidisciplinary approach and accessibility recommend it to anyone studying or interested in family relationships. Highly recommended. All readers, all levels." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195313895
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her twenty books include Talking Voices, Gender and Discourse, Conversational Style, You're Wearing THAT?, Talking from 9 to 5, That's Not What I Meant!, You Just Don't Understand, and The Argument Culture.

Cynthia Gordon is a postdoctoral fellow at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL) in Atlanta, Georgia. Her publications have appeared in Language in Society, Discourse & Society, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Narrative Inquiry, The Journal of Genetic Counseling, and Text & Talk.

Shari Kendall is Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Texas A & M University. Her publications include articles and chapters in Discourse & Society, Text & Talk, The Handbook of Language and Gender, and Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts.

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    1. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C. metro area
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 7, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Harpur College, 1966, Wayne State University, 1970; M.A. in Linguistics, UC Berkeley, 1976; Ph.D., 1979

Table of Contents


About the Contributors     ix
Transcription Conventions     xiii
Introduction: Family Talk   Shari Kendall     3
Interactional Dynamics: Power and Solidarity
Power Maneuvers and Connection Maneuvers in Family Interaction   Deborah Tannen     27
Talking the Dog: Framing Pets as Interactional Resources in Family Discourse   Deborah Tannen     49
"I just feel horribly embarrassed when she does that": Constituting a Mother's Identity   Cynthia Gordon     71
Finding the Right Balance between Connection and Control: A Father's Identity Construction in Conversations with His College-Age Daughter   Diana Marinova     103
Gendered Identities In Dual-Income Families
Father as Breadwinner, Mother as Worker: Gendered Positions in Feminist and Traditional Discourses of Work and Family   Shari Kendall     123
Gatekeeping in the Family: How Family Members Position One Another as Decision Makers   Alexandra Johnston     165
A Working Father: One Man's Talk about Parenting at Work   Cynthia Gordon   Deborah Tannen   Aliza Sacknovitz     195
Family Values and Beliefs
"Al Gore's our guy": Linguistically Constructing a Family Political Identity   Cynthia Gordon     233
Sharing Common Ground; The Role of Place Reference in Parent-ChildConversation   Philip LeVine     263
Family Members Interacting While Watching TV   Alia V. Tovares     283
Index     311
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