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Unformatted text preview: Ling 122: English as a World Language - 19 Language Language & Gender: He Said, She Said I. What is the key distinction Tannen makes about the character of boys’ and girls’ play? What does the difference in boys and girls at play demonstrate about the use of language to negotiate status and establish connection? II. What is meant by ‘metamessage’ as opposed to ‘message”? What does Tannen mean by ‘negotiating out’ and ‘negotiating in’? In this context, how can a ‘yes/no’ answer have different meanings to different people? Do Americans of different ethnic backgrounds have different conversational rituals regarding directness and indirectness? When does Tannen suggest men are more likely to be indirect than women? III. In the scene in which a woman and a man answer the question ‘How was your day,” why do they give such different answers? What is ‘troubles talk’? How do women use it? Why would men tend not to engage in this kind of talk? How does Tannen define and distinguish ‘public talk’ and ‘private talk’? How do women’s and men’s uses of language in these contexts differ? IV. What is ritual opposition? What examples does Tannen give to illustrate misunderstandings that arise when conversational rituals of opposition are not shared? Can you think of others? What does Tannen mean by ‘reframe’ and ‘re key’? Can you think of examples where re framing helped improve a situation? V. Tannen describes a scenario in which a woman is turned into a nag by the difference in their styles. How does this work? How do the perspectives of status and connection play roles? She also concludes that men often feel women are trying to dominate them when women think they are trying to be equal. How does this happen? Do you think true equality is possible? VI. What affects conversational style in addition to gender? What does Tannen mean when she claims that understanding conversational style differences can remove the burden of right and wrong? Do you agree? In your own life, is understanding conversational rituals and conversational style important? Why or why not? ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course ASIA 122 at San Jose State University .