Gender and Conversational Interaction / Edition 1

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The author of the bestselling You Just Don't Understand has collected twelve papers about gender-related patterns in conversational interaction that challenge facile generalizations about gender-based styles and explore the complex relationship between gender and language. 20 line drawings.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This will be an excellent text for gender classes and for social psychology classes. Current, well-researched chapters with generous references, solid data, and a respectable base of theory."--M. Karraker, University of St. Thomas

"This volume is a useful addition to the language and gender literature....Everyone will find something of value in this volume, and the reprinting of Edelsky's fine paper cannot be too loudly applauded."--Applied Linguistics

"This important volume provides sophisticated theorizing on both gender and discourse. Gender in Conversational Interaction will help us clarify complex issues of theoretical and methodological research on the study of gender and language, and it will be immensely useful in courses on the topic.... There is a fine line between generalization and a stereotype; because of this insightful book, progress will be made in knowing where that line lies."--Language in Society

"The empirical studies and critical reviews Tannen has collected cogently explain why we can no longer be satisfied with facile generalizations about differences between men's and women's discourse."--Discourse and Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195081947
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Tannen
Georgetown University
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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

Editor's Introduction 3
I Talking Among Friends
1 "Go Get Ya a French!": Romantic and Sexual Teasing Among Adolescent Girls 17
2 Cooperative Competition in Adolescent "Girl Talk," 32
3 Community and Contest: Midwestern Men and Women Creating Their Worlds in Conversational Storytelling 62
II Conflict Talk
4 Pickle Fights: Gendered Talk in Preschool Disputes 83
5 Tactical Uses of Stories: Participation Frameworks Within Boys' and Girls' Disputes 110
6 Gender, Politeness, and Confrontation in Tenejapa 144
III The Relativity of Discourse Strategies
7 The Relativity of Linguistic Strategies: Rethinking Power and Solidarity in Gender and Dominance 165
8 Who's Got the Floor? 189
IV Critical Reviews of the Literature
9 Women, Men, and Interruptions: A Critical Review 231
10 Understanding Gender Differences in Amount of Talk: A Critical Review of Research 281
Contributors 313
Index 317
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