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‘You Just Don’t Understand’ Linguist Deborah Tannen explores the differences between women and men in Conversation | More Sex Daily

‘You Just Don’t Understand’ Linguist Deborah Tannen explores the differences between women and men in Conversation | More Sex Daily | English Language | Scoop.it

As a specialist in linguistics, Tannen is interested in how the conversational styles of men and women differ. Because using language is a learned social behaviour, communication isn’t as simple as saying what you mean.  She believes that the seemingly senseless misunderstandings that haunt our relationships can in part be explained by the different conversational rules by which men and women play. She also believes that understanding what goes wrong in conversations between women and men will enable us to find a common language and strengthen our relationships.

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Women, swearing and the workplace

Women, swearing and the workplace | English Language | Scoop.it

In the wake of Carol Bartz's ouster from Yahoo, the former CEO's penchant for blunt, profane language has become a recurring theme in coverage of her career. It's not every day you read about one top-level executive asking another where his balls are. But in the end, former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz lived up to her reputation for "salty language" and candid management style.Since Bartz's very public departure from Yahoo last week, her penchant for blunt, profane language has become recurring themes in discussions of her career, driving conversation about what women can and can't be in the workplace.

"It stands out because it's not expected," said Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University and author of "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation."

"We always take notice of what's unexpected and women are still not expected to curse, so when they do, it's noticed more."


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