The Power Of Talk By Deborah Tannen Essay

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The Power of Talk:

The Power of Talk is an article-by Deborah Tannen-about the influence of linguistic style on conversations, concentrating on the difference between women and men. The author’s main idea is that people should not assume other people’s intelligence before understanding the difference between their gender and culture. It starts by explaining that linguistic style refers to a person’s characteristic. For instance, people have longer pauses than others depending their cultural background; Bob has a longer pause than Joe from New York City. It also assures the audience of the fact that is commonly known; “We learn ways of speaking as children growing up, especially from peers, and children tend to play with other children of the same sex” (Deborah 140). Then, the article starts to explain the communication differences between women and men after explaining their background difference. According to Deborah, “girls tend to play with a single best friend or in small groups” (140) and “learn to downplay ways in which they are all the same” (140) when boys tend to “play in larger groups in which more boys can be included, but not everyone is treated as an equal” (140). Later in the text, Deborah writes about a situation when “Phil picked up Cheryl’s point and supported them, speaking at greater length in doing than she had in raising them” (141). When she asked all the participants to pick the person who had been the most influenced in that meeting, “the two other…

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