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Georgetown University linguistics professor Tannen here ponders gender-based differences that, she claims, define and distinguish male and female communication. Opening with the rationale that ignoring such differences is more dangerous than blissful, she asserts that for most women conversation is a way of connecting and negotiating. Thus, their parleys tend to center on expressions of and responses to feelings, or what the author labels "rapport-talk" (private conversation). Men, on the other hand, use conversation to achieve or maintain social status; they set out to impart knowledge (termed "report-talk," or public speaking). Calling on her research into the workings of dialogue, Tannen examines the functioning of argument and interruption, and convincingly supports her case for the existence of "genderlect," contending that the better we understand it, the better our chances of bridging the communications gap integral to the battle of the sexes.
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"San Francisco Chronicle" Utterly fascinating....A classic in the field. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
I read this book many years ago and decided to reread it recently. Still fascinating and very helpful in understanding communication differences. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Raven
easy to read alone or with your spouse, sheds light on the ways in which the opposite sex communicate and is helpfulPublished on Jan. 26 2013 by Jaime
Wow! This book is an eye opener not only for communication at work but in personal relationships as well. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
Deborah Tannen has earned the Honor of having "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation" placed along side the ONLY other book that I currently own. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by William DeMarco
After reading this book I realized how it relates to my daily life and conversations. I agree with what Tannen says, females talk with their friends more intimately than males do. Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Jen
Communication is the greatest aspect to a good relationship. Without communication, a relationship can lack are understanding, feelings, and where a person may stand in... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Theresa Nichols
"Smart and Intriguing for the minds of those incapable of understanding the opposite sex," Yarith Calito (Wayne State University)
When I read the title of this book I was not... Read more
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