Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.
For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.
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.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
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.
Hometown:Washington, D.C. metro area
Date of Birth:June 7, 1945
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York
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