He-Said, She-Said Miscommunication [S-17-30]

Presenter: Catherine Sajna
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 9:00 AM 05/12

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She says, “Do you want to stop for a drink?” He says, “No.” She refuses to speak for the rest of the journey. Innocent exchanges are fraught with peril because participants don’t share the same styles or goals. In this session we will watch and discuss a 50-min video in which sociolinguist Deborah Tannen introduces the findings of her research on different gender styles of communication.

Catherine Sajna taught linguistics, ESL and composition in Hawaii. In Potsdam, she teaches writing at Clarkson and is beginning “Middentrove Productions” to help others write their own family stories written. While communication across genders has its perils, so does communication across generations! She is old enough to be the grandmother of her ‘tween and teen.

NOTE: Suggested links: www.deborahtannen.com and a critique of this link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/9oct/01/gender.books

Cap: 50

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