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Genderlect Styles
Deborah Tannen

Cultural Context: Gender and Communication


Theory Overview (9th Edition)

Male-female conversation is cross-cultural communication. Masculine and feminine styles of discourse are best viewed as two distinct cultural dialects rather than as inferior or superior ways of speaking. Men's report talk focuses on status and independence; women's rapport talk seeks human connection. (Semiotic and socio-cultural traditions)

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