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Last updated February 19, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanation of Theory:"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 support talk seeks human connection. (Griffin, p. 497).
Theorists: Deborah Tannen
Article:Linguistic microanalysis of conversation:
Deborah Tannen Conversational Style: Analyzing talk among friends,
Ablex, Norwood, N.J., 1984.
Interpretations:Genderlect is a newer
gender theory and it is useful as well as unique with its cross-cultural
approach to gender communication. It had become popularized by Tannen's
popular press book; You Just Donít Understand.
Ideas and Implications:Genderlect is similar to Kramarae's "Muted Group" theory in that they both claim that communication between men and women is really communication between cultures. Not only are men and women submerged in two different communication cultures, they even speak two different languages.
movie "When Harry Met Sally" is quoted in many communication textbooks
as being an example of genderlect at its best. Tannen is stating
that communication between genders is really communication between cultures.
That men and women each have their own communication culture.
Relevant Research:Judith Trent & Teresa Sabourin, (1993). "Sex still counts: Women's use of televised advertising during the decade of the '80's." Journal of Applied Communication Research, vol. 21
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. n/a
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. n/a
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. 435-445
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 447-457
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. n/a
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. n/a
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. n/a
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. n/a