Women Talk: Conversation Between Women Friends / Edition 1

Women Talk: Conversation Between Women Friends / Edition 1

by Jennifer Coates, David Coates
     
 

This book challenges the age-old myth that women's talk is trivial and unimportant. Drawing on a corpus of spontaneous conversation between friends, Jennifer Coates demonstrates the richness and complexity of the language used in such talk, focusing on women's use of hedges, questions and repetition. She shows how women use story-telling as a focus for discussing

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This book challenges the age-old myth that women's talk is trivial and unimportant. Drawing on a corpus of spontaneous conversation between friends, Jennifer Coates demonstrates the richness and complexity of the language used in such talk, focusing on women's use of hedges, questions and repetition. She shows how women use story-telling as a focus for discussing and re-evaluating social norms, and for the construction and maintenance of personal identity.

At the level of conversational organization, Coates makes the claim that women friends draw on a collaborative model which enables them to construct talk jointly. She draws on post-structuralist theory to show the ways in which women's talk constructs and maintains gender, and constructs and maintains friendship. Overall, the book builds up a picture of women's friendship in the late twentieth century, and of the vital role played by language in these friendships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631182535
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/10/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Notes on the Transcription of the Conversations x

Transcription Conventions xii

1 ‘This is on tape you know’ 1
The origins of the book

2 ‘She’s just a very very special person to me’ 16
Talk and women’s friendship

3 ‘We never stop talking’ 44
Talk and women’s friendships

4 ‘We talk about everything and anything’ 68
An overview of the conversations

5 ‘D’you know what my mother did recently?’ 94
Telling our stories

6 ‘The feminine shape … is more melding in together’ 117
The organization of friendly talk

7 ‘You know so I mean I probably …’ 152
Hedges and hedging

8 ‘It was dreadful wasn’t it?’ 174
Women and questions

9 ‘I just kept drinking and drinking and drinking’ 203
Repetition and textual coherence

10 ‘Thank god I’m a woman’ 232
The construction of differing femininities

11 ‘Talk’s absolutely fundamental’ 263
Being a friend

Appendices 287

Notes 297

Bibliography 311

Index 320

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