Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends

Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends

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 Talking 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 non-technical style that should appeal to scholars and students of discourse analysis (in fields like linguistics, anthropology, communication, 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.

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  • This book would probably be considered more for the academic than the layman; it is difficult to approach and a highly involved read. Nonetheless, for anyone interested in the dynamics of human intera...

  • Conversational analysis at its finest, but also a weird self-reflective experience, wherein my fascination with the lives of the people whose talking styles Tannen is analysing (including her own), fo...

  • This is a fantastic book for those who want to analyse daily conversations at a deeper level. I thought I'd never finish this book, however, Deborah makes it so interesting and relevant that I want to...

  • Njaa njuu...mielenkiintosta,mutta suppeata..mutta ehkäpä tämä auttaa ymmärtämään ihmisten erilaisia keskustelutyylejä ja olemaan vetämättä niistä hätiköityjä johtopäätöksiä motiive...

  • I not only studied the earlier edition of this book for my thesis long ago--I enjoyed it....

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