Week+9+Gender+and+conversation - Week 9: Gender and...

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Week 9: Gender and Language Assignment Instructions Communications researcher Deborah Tannen explains in her work on gender and communication ( You Just Don't Understand , 1990) that men and women frequently have different conversational aims and styles that can lead to misunderstandings. For example, men often define everyday encounters as competitive. Therefore getting lost is bad enough without asking for help, which lets someone else get "One up." By contrast, women usually find it easy to ask for help and sometimes even ask for assistance when they don't need it. A similar gender-linked pattern involves what women consider "trying to be helpful" and men consider "nagging." Consider the following exchange (adapted from Adler, 1990): Dialog Jill: What's wrong, honey? Jack: Nothing. Jill: Something is bothering you. I can tell. Jack: I told you nothing is bothering me. Jill: But I can see that something is wrong. Harold: OK. Just why do you think something is bothering me?
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course SOC 40187 taught by Professor Robert during the Fall '09 term at UC Davis.

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