Tannen's classic investigation into how growing up in different parts of the country, having different ethnic and class backgrounds, even age and personality contribute to different conversational styles. Reissued to coincide with her new book The Argument Culture.
In this classic work - her first - Tannen brilliantly tackles crucial interactions, looking at conversations with colleagues, bosses, friends and family. Engaging, accessible and absolutely compelling, Tannen once again shows us what's really shaping - or breaking- our relationships with others.
Tannen combines a novelist's ear for the way people speak with a rare power of original analysis ... fascinating - Oliver Sacks
Deborah Tannen is the acclaimed author of You Just Don't Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years including eight months as number 1; You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation; I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner and That's Not What I Meant! A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she has written for and been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time and Newsweek. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area.