Deborah Tannen
 


 

 

Communication Matters II:
That
's Not What I Meant!:
The Sociolinguistics of Everyday Conversation

One of two series of 14 lectures, each series constituting a college-level course, produced by the Modern Scholar Series and distributed by Recorded Books.  Available for purchase at Barnes & Noble stores or on Recorded Books website. The lectures can also be downloaded off iTunes.
 
This lecture series constitutes a college-level course introducing a linguistic approach to everyday conversation.  Presented in non-technical language and illustrated by real-life examples, the lectures draw on linguistics, or the scientific study of language, to show the many ways in which language has a profound effect upon human relationships. Tannen explains the aspects and implications of what she calls “conversational style”, including pacing and pausing, relative indirectness, tendency to use opposition, and many other linguistic features that come automatically when people converse.  By showing how language works and how our ways of communicating differ based on cultural influences such as ethnicity, regional background, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, and individual personality, this course yields a better understanding of ourselves and those with whom we have relationships.  This understanding also leads to improved communication and therefore relationships.
 
Course Syllabus
 
Lecture 1  Conversational Style: The Power of Language in Your
Life
Lecture 2  Linguistic Signals, Devices, and Rituals
Lecture 3  Framing and Reframing: How Metamessages Frame
Meaning
Lecture 4  Power and Solidarity: The Interplay of Hierarchy and
Connection
Lecture 5   Indirectness: The Ways and Whys We Communicate
Meaning Not in So Many Words
Lecture 6  The Rhythms of Talk: Pacing, Pausing, Silence, and
Interruption
Lecture 7  Listenership: Conversation as a Joint Production
Lecture 8   Agonism: Programmed Contentiousness, Ritualized
Opposition
Lecture 9   Gender: Women and Men Talking
Lecture 10 Apologies in Private and Public Contexts
Lecture 11 Talking at Work: Institutional and Interactional Power
Lecture 12  The Classroom: Talking in School
Lecture 13  Politics: Talk in the Public Arena
Lecture 14  What to Do with What You've Learned
 
Available for purchase at Barnes & Noble stores or on Recorded Books website . The lectures can also be downloaded off iTunes.

 

Communication Matters II: That's Not What I Meant!: The Sociolinguistics of Everyday Conversation

Available for purchase at Barnes & Noble stores or on Recorded Books website . The lectures can also be downloaded off iTunes.



© 2009 Deborah Tannen