Deborah Tannen




He Said, She Said:
Gender, Language and Communication


Deborah Tannen: In Depth

A 50-minute video presentation of a lecture to a university audience in which Deborah Tannen explains and illustrates her linguistic approach to understanding conversations between women and men.  She describes and illustrates ways of speaking that tend to characterize and sometimes distinguish men and women, as well as the consequences of those differences (and similarities) in everyday conversation and hence relationships.  Including video clips of children at play and talking to their best friends, Tannen traces these patterns to conversational styles learned as children growing up.  In a lively and engaging lecture style, she demonstrates that understanding the patterns seen among children at play can help explain frustrations that arise in adult conversations. This program is produced, edited, and paced for classroom use in linguistics, psychology, sociology, women's studies, communication, anthropology, and other social sciences.
Topics include:
*Why many men don't like to stop and ask for directions
*When do women tend to be more indirect than men - and when do men tend to be more indirect than women?
*Who talks more, women or men?
*Why are women so often told, “Don't apologize; it's not your fault”?
*Why do so many women complain, “He doesn't talk to me and he doesn't listen,” while many men complain, “She nags”?
*What conversational rituals common among women are taken too literally by men, and what conversational rituals common among men are taken too literally by women?
Includes an Instructor's Package outlining the lecture, suggesting exercises and discussion points, and reproducing two essays in which Tannen delves more deeply into the topic.
Deborah Tannen: In Depth is a 25-minute companion video to HE SAID, SHE SAID.  Using a conversational rather than lecture format, Tannen addresses key issues, implications, and criticisms about HE SAID, SHE SAID, including:
*Is it nature or nurture?  Are conversational styles in-born or learned (or both)?
*Is gender the most important factor affecting conversational interaction?
*Are these patterns cross-cultural?
*What about power and dominance?
*How does a linguistic approach compare to psychology?

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He Said, She Said:  Gender, Language and Communication

Talking 9 to 5: Women and Men in the Workplace

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© 2009 Deborah Tannen