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Women Talk: Conversation Between Women Friends
     

Women Talk: Conversation Between Women Friends

by Jennifer Coates
 
Women's talk is trivial and unimportant. That is the age-old myth which this book debunks. Jennifer Coates explores conversations between women friends to reveal the richness and complexity of the language they use. Like musicians jamming, women friends use language to mirror, balance and echo each other as they share experiences, discuss social questions and explore

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Women's talk is trivial and unimportant. That is the age-old myth which this book debunks. Jennifer Coates explores conversations between women friends to reveal the richness and complexity of the language they use. Like musicians jamming, women friends use language to mirror, balance and echo each other as they share experiences, discuss social questions and explore personal issues.

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"Coates's book is an extraordinary study of the discourse of female friendships, based on recordings of a large number of naturally-occurring same-sex conversations among female and (for comparison) male friends, supplemented by ethnographic interviews with the same and other women, and analyzed by means of discourse analysis ... In empirical terms, Coates has provided a detailed analysis of the linguistic strategies making up this discourse of solidarity, the collaborative floor." Bent Preisler, University of Roskilde

"While this text is important reading for specialists in discourse, it is accessible to lay readers as well, so it is both an important research text as well as a good tool to use in introducing students to discourse analysis" Timothy Frazer, Western Illinois University

"Jennifer Coates celebrates and describes friendships and talk among women; at the same time, she provides an argument for feminist ethnographic research methods. She writes a clear, detailed and rich study based on the transcripts of 20 conversations among women, and on the transcripts of interviews with 15 women .... Women Talk is likely to become a pivotal publication.....This book offers a very useful conversation about women friends' talk." Cheris Kramarae, University of Illinois

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631182528
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Jennifer Coates isis Professor of English Language and Linguistics at University of Surrey, Roehampton.

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