Deborah Tannen

You Were Always
Mom's Favorite!:

Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives

You're Wearing THAT?:
Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

I Only Say This Because
I Love You:

Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults

The Argument Culture:
Stopping America's War of Words

Talking from 9 to 5:
Women and Men at Work

You Just Don't Understand:
Women and Men in Conversation

That's Not What I Meant!:

How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships



Read Deborah Tannen's recent op-ed essay in USA TODAY on the word "bossy"


Just released -- eBook editions of That's Not What I Meant!, You Just Don't Understand, and Talking from 9 to 5

You love your sister to pieces but she can drive you nuts. When you're together you can laugh your heads off or giggle and be silly like when you were kids, but she can also send you into a tailspin with just one wrong word. [Read more...]



Deborah Tannen

Read Deborah Tannen's op-ed essay in The New York Times

Watch a video of Deborah Tannen commenting on President Obama tailoring his speech style and tone to his audience on CNN's "The Situation Room"

Read Deborah Tannen's essay in Politico on the demise of compromise

Watch a video of Deborah Tannen discussing sisters on The Martha Stewart Show

Read Deborah Tannen's essay on the Arizona shooting and the power of language in the Christian Science Monitor

Listen to Deborah Tannen's talk about civility in political discussions on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show"

Listen to Deborah Tannen's interview on WNYC's "The Takeaway"

Read Deborah Tannen's #1 e-mailed essay in the October 25 New York Times

Watch video of Deborah Tannen discussing sisters on The Today Show

Listen to Deborah Tannen's feature with Susan Stamberg on NPR's Morning Edition

Listen to Deborah Tannen's live interview on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show

Watch video of Deborah Tannen discussing sisters on ABC News' 20/20

Read Deborah Tannen's blog on The Huffington Post website

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Read the interview with Deborah Tannen in the September 3rd issue of USA TODAY

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