Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships. She is best known for You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years and brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. Her newest book, You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives, was released in paperback in September 2010. A New York Times best seller, it received a Books for a Better Life Award and was featured on 20/20 and NPR’s Morning Edition.
Gender-Specific Language Rituals
- “‘Bossy’ Is More than a Word to Women.” USA Today. 11 March 2014.
- “Would You Please Let Me Finish…” The New York Times. 17 October 2012.
- “Who Does the Talking Here?” The Washington Post. 15 July 2007.
Literacy, Literature and Democracy | April 6, 2010
Dave Eggers in Conversation with Maureen Corrigan and Deborah Tannen