21 October 2014
Let’s Talk About It
Miscommunication influences the majority of our problems, from household conflicts to a continental scale. Miscommunication affects our everyday lives. Everyone holds desires or wants that we do not always express to others, be it co-workers or loved ones. Additionally, we as individuals utilize different styles of communication when expressing ourselves to others. This difference is extremely prevalent within conversation between men and women. One of the strongest communication barriers lies within gender; American academic and professor of linguistics, Deborah Tannen alongside business and marketing team Robin Croft, Clive Boddy and Corinne Pentucci, both shed light upon the varying aspects of conversation among women and men. Tannen presents her thoughts in the form of her essay Sex, Lies and Conversation; Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to other? Whilst Croft and his collogues share data results in their research journal Say what you mean, mean what you say. However, Tannen takes on a solution-to-conflict approach whereas Croft and his colleagues study this conversational contrast as an ethnographical phenomenon. In terms of synergy, both Tannen and Croft and his colleagues point out and discuss the different fashions of conversation that take place in women’s conversation and men’s conversation. Both works agree that women seek connection and understanding through conversation, since they see conversation as a channel of intimacy. Women also tend to discuss a wider range of topics as well as personal day-to-day matters experiences. They also agree that men seek to establish hierarchy or dominance in conversation; by exhibiting knowledge and opinions to showcase one’s self as articulate, well-endowed, etc. Both works are in coherence that men defend their position of status via conversation and tend to cover boarder topics and are much less detailed-orientated...
Cited: Tannen, Deborah. “Sex, Lies and Conversation; Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to other?”. Wake Tech Reader 111 Reader. Ed. Julie Fenton-Glass et al. Mason: Cenage Learning, 2014. 275-279. Print.
Croft, Robin. Boddy, Clive. Pentucci, Corinne. “Say what you mean, mean what you say”. International Journal of Market Research. 1-21. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.
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