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Family Talk – Discourse and Identity in Four American Families - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families

Deborah Tannen, Shari Kendall, and Cynthia Gordon


Through everyday talk, individuals forge the ties that can make a family. Family members use language to manage a household, create and maintain relationships, and negotiate and reinforce values and beliefs. The studies in this book are based on a unique research project in which four dual-income American families recorded everything they said for a week. This book extends our understanding of family discourse and of how family members construct, negotiate, and enact their identities as individuals and as families. This book addresses issues central to the academic discipline of discourse anal ... More

Keywords: family, everyday talk, household, family discourse, decision-making, conflict-talk, family roles, sociability, socialization, family conversation

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Tannen, author
Georgetown University
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Shari Kendall, author
Georgetown University
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Cynthia Gordon, author
Emory University
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