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Preface to the 2005 Edition 1: Introduction 2: Conversational Style: Theoretical Background 3: The Participants in Thanksgiving Dinner 4: Linguistic Devices in Conversational Style 5: Narrative Strategies 6: Irony and Joking 7: Summary of Style Features 8: The Study of Coherence in Discourse 9: Coda: Taking the Concepts into the Present Appendix 1: Key to Transcription Conventions Appendix 2: Steps in Analyzing Conversation Appendix 3: Participants in Thanksgiving Dinner Appendix 4: The Flow of Topics References Author Index Subject Index

About the Author

Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her academic books include the first edition of this book, published in 1984, as well as Gender and Discourse and the edited volumes Framing in Discourse, and Gender and Conversational Interaction (both OUP, 1993). In all, she has published nineteen books, including most notably The New York Times Best Seller You Just Don't Understand.

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Praise for earlier edition: "By far the most interesting and accessible--and fun!--introduction to conversational style that I know of. Students love it, and I use it as a required textbook whenever I teach sociolinguistics."--Doug Biber, Northern Arizona University "Interesting and valuable for both laypersons and students."--Language "A contribution not only for the general reader but for any researcher or student interested in conversation."--Language and Society Praise for earlier edition: "By far the most interesting and accessible--and fun!--introduction to conversational style that I know of. Students love it, and I use it as a required textbook whenever I teach sociolinguistics."--Doug Biber, Northern Arizona University "Interesting and valuable for both laypersons and students."--Language "A contribution not only for the general reader but for any researcher or student interested in conversation."--Language and Society

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