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Tannen, Deborah

Works: 279 works in 1,462 publications in 4 languages and 45,132 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Handbooks and manuals  Abstracts  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Narrator, Speaker, Other, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Deborah Tannen
You just don't understand : women and men in conversation by Deborah Tannen( Book )

107 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 5,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis: Women and men live in different worlds ... made of different words. Spending nearly four years on the New York Times bestseller list, this is the book that brought gender differences in ways of speaking to the forefront of public awareness. With a combination of scientific insight and humor, the author shows why women and men can walk away from the same conversation with completely different impressions of what was said. Studded with examples of real conversations, this book provides readers with the tools to understand what went wrong - and to find a common language in which to strengthen relationships at work and at home. A classic in the field of interpersonal relations, this book will change forever the way you approach conversations
Talking from 9 to 5 : how women's and men's conversational styles affect who gets heard, who gets credit, and what gets done at work by Deborah Tannen( Book )

53 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 2,891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You say something at a meeting, it is ignored, then someone else says the same thing and everyone embraces it as a marvelous idea. You devote yourself to a project, but don't get credit for the results. You work around the clock to avoid a crisis, but your efforts are not recognized because no one notices a crisis that never occurs. You give what you think are clear instructions, but the job is not done, or is done wrong
You're wearing that? : understanding mothers and daughters in conversation by Deborah Tannen( Book )

32 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mothers and daughters do not speak different languages--but still often misunderstand each other, as they struggle to find the balance between closeness and independence. Both mothers and daughters want to be seen for who they are, but tend to see the other as falling short of who she should be. Each overestimates the other's power and underestimates her own. Tannen explains why a remark that would be harmless coming from anyone else can cause an explosion when it comes from your mother or your daughter. She examines every aspect of this complex dynamic, from the dark side that can shadow a woman throughout her life, to the new technologies that are transforming mother-daughter communication. Most important, she helps mothers and daughters understand each other, the key to improving their relationship.--From publisher description
That's not what I meant! : how conversational style makes or breaks your relations with others by Deborah Tannen( Book )

70 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 2,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the differences in conversational style between cultures and between individuals and how these differences lead to misunderstandings
Gender and discourse by Deborah Tannen( Book )

41 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now, in Gender and Discourse, Tannen has gathered together five of her essays on language and gender to elaborate the theoretical and empirical framework that underlies her bestselling book. She has written an informative introduction which discusses her field of linguistics, describes the research methods she typically uses, and addresses the controversies associated with her field as well as some misrepresentations of her work. (She argues, for instance, that her approach to gender differences does not deny that men dominate women in society, nor does it ascribe gender differences to women's "essential nature.") The essays themselves cover a wide range of topics. In one, she analyzes a number of conversational strategies - such as interruption, topic raising, indirectness, and silence - and shows that, contrary to earlier work on language and gender, no strategy is linked inflexibly to dominance or powerlessness in conversation
I only say this because I love you : how the way we talk can make or break family relationships throughout our lives by Deborah Tannen( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to communicating better within families explains how to untie the knots that often hamper important discussions and how to enhance personal relationships among family members by understanding the art of conversation and listening
The argument culture : moving from debate to dialogue by Deborah Tannen( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Argument Culture is about a pervasive warlike atmosphere that makes us approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides. The argument culture urges us to regard the world - and the people in it - in an adversarial frame of mind. It rests on the assumption that opposition is the best way to get anything done: The best way to explore an idea is to set up a debate; the best way to cover the news is to find spokespeople who express the most extreme, polarized views and present them as "both sides"; the best way to settle disputes is litigation that pits one party against the other; the best way to begin an essay is to oppose someone; and the best way to show you're really thinking is to criticize and attack." "The war on drugs, the war on cancer, the battle of the sexes, politicians' turf battles - in the argument culture, war metaphors pervade our talk and shape our thinking. Tannen shows how deeply entrenched this cultural tendency is, the forms it takes, and how it affects us every day - sometimes in useful ways, but often causing, rather than avoiding, damage. In the argument culture, the quality of information we receive is compromised, and our spirits are corroded by living in an atmosphere of unrelenting contention." "Tannen explores the roots of the argument culture, the role played by gender, and how other cultures suggest alternative ways to negotiate disagreement and mediate conflicts - and make things better, in public and in private, wherever people are trying to resolve differences and get things done."--Jacket
You were always mom's favorite! : sisters in conversation throughout their lives by Deborah Tannen( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the connections among sisters throughout their childhood years into adulthood, including competitiveness, age differences, and lifelong friendships
Conversational style : analyzing talk among friends by Deborah Tannen( Book )

49 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This revised edition of Deborah Tannen's first discourse analysis book, Conversational Style - first published in 1984 - presents an approach to analyzing conversation that later became the hallmark and foundation of her extensive body of work in discourse analysis, including the monograph Talking Voices, as well as her well-known popular books You Just Don't Understand, That's Not What I Meant!, and Taking from 9 to 5, among others." "Carefully examining the discourse of six speakers over the course of a two-and-a-half-hour Thanksgiving dinner conversation, Tannen analyzes the features that make up the speakers' conversational styles, and in particular how aspects of what she calls a "high-involvement style" have a positive effect when used with others who share the style, but a negative effect with those whose styles differ. This revised edition includes a new preface and an afterword in which Tannen discusses the book's place in the evolution of her work." "Conversational style is written in an accessible and nontechnical style that should appeal to scholars and students of discourse analysis (in fields such as linguistics, anthropology, communications, sociology, and psychology) as well as general readers fascinated by Tannen's popular work. This book is an ideal text for use in introductory classes in linguistics and discourse analysis."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Talking voices : repetition, dialogue, and imagery in conversational discourse by Deborah Tannen( Book )

59 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book presents the highly respected scholarly research that forms the foundation for Deborah Tannen's best-selling books about the role of language in human relationships. It provides a clear framework for understanding how ordinary conversation works to create meaning and establish relationships. A significant theoretical and methodological contribution to both linguistic and literary analysis, it uses transcripts of tape-recorded conversation to demonstrate that everyday conversation is made of features that are associated with literary discourse: repetition, dialogue, and details that create imagery." "This second edition features a new introduction in which the author shows the relationship between this groundbreaking work and the research that has appeared since its original publication in 1989. In particular, she shows its relevance to the contemporary topic "intertextuality," and provides an invaluable summary of research on that topic."--Jacket
Gender and conversational interaction by Deborah Tannen( Book )

23 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of the bestselling You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen has collected twelve papers about gender-related patterns in conversational interaction. The theoretical thrust of the collection, like that of Tannen's own work, is anthropological and sociolinguistic: female and male styles are approached as different "cultural" practice. Beginning with Tannen's own essay arguing for the relativity of discourse strategies, the volume challenges facile generalizations about gender-based styles and explores the complex relationship between gender and language use. The chapters, some previously unpublished and some classics in the field, address discourse across the lifespan, including preschool, junior high school, and adult interaction. They explore such varied discourse contexts as preschool disputes, romantic and sexual teasing among adolescent girls, cooperative competition in adolescent "girl talk," conversational storytelling, a faculty committee meeting, children in an urban black neighborhood at play, and a legal dispute in a Tenejapan village in Mexico. Two chapters review and evaluate the literature on key areas of gender-related linguistic phenomena: interruption and amount of talk. Gender and Conversational Interaction will interest general readers as well as students and scholars in a variety of disciplines including linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, women's studies, and communications
The handbook of discourse analysis by Deborah Schiffrin( Book )

62 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume serves as a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the central issues in contemporary discourse analysis. The articles collected here support a wide range of assumptions, approaches, methods, analyses, and even definitions regarding discourse
You're the only one I can tell : inside the language of women's friendships by Deborah Tannen( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through research into the unique way women talk to one another, this validating and illuminating analysis of female friendship will help women lean into the comfort these powerful relationships offer and avoid the hurt feelings that come from common miscommunications
Perspectives on silence( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spoken and written language : exploring orality and literacy by Deborah Tannen( Book )

29 editions published between 1981 and 1993 in English and Spanish and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Framing in discourse( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family talk : discourse and identity in four American families by Shari Kendall( Book )

17 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Coherence in spoken and written discourse( Book )

25 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discourse 2.0 : language and new media( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our everyday lives are increasingly being lived through electronic media, which are changing our interactions and our communications in ways that we are only beginning to understand. In Discourse 2.0: Language and New Media, editors Deborah Tannen and Anna Marie Trester team up with top scholars in the field to shed light on the ways language is being used in, and shaped by, these new media contexts. Topics explored include: how Web 2.0 can be conceptualized and theorized; the role of English on the worldwide web; how use of social media such as Facebook and texting shape communication with family and friends; electronic discourse and assessment in educational and other settings; multimodality and the "participatory spectacle" in Web 2.0; asynchronicity and turn-taking; ways that we engage with technology including reading on-screen and on paper; and how all of these processes interpaly with meaning-making
Understanding inequality : the intersection of race/ethnicity, class, and gender by Barbara A Arrighi( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

As the age of globalization and New Media unite disparate groups of people in new ways, the continual transformation and interconnections between ethnicity, class, and gender become increasingly complex. This reader, comprised of a diverse array of sources ranging from the New York Times to the journals of leading research universities, explores these issues as systems of stratification that work to reinforce one another. Understanding Inequality provides students and academics with the basic hermeneutics for considering new thought on ethnicity, class, and gender in the 21st century
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You just don't understand : women and men in conversation
Alternative Names
Debora Tanena

Deborah Tannen Amerikaans taalkundige

Deborah Tannen amerikanische Soziolinguistin

Tannen, D.

Tannen, Debora 1945-

Tannen, Deborah F. 1945-

Tannen, Deborah Frances.

Таннен, Дебора

Таннен, Дебора 1945-

טאנן, דבורה

טנן, דבורה

ديبرا تانن

태넌, 데보라

タネン, デボラ



Talking from 9 to 5 : how women's and men's conversational styles affect who gets heard, who gets credit, and what gets done at workYou're wearing that? : understanding mothers and daughters in conversationThat's not what I meant! : how conversational style makes or breaks your relations with othersGender and discourseI only say this because I love you : how the way we talk can make or break family relationships throughout our livesThe argument culture : moving from debate to dialogueYou were always mom's favorite! : sisters in conversation throughout their livesConversational style : analyzing talk among friends