Conversational Styles: Is it better to be polite or direct?

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Tannen, D. (1990). You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. New York: William Morrow.

Additional Resources:

Cameron, D. (ed.) (1998). The Feminist Critique of Language. A Reader. London and New York: Routledge.

Coates, J. (ed.) (1998). Language and Gender: A Reader. Oxford/UK and Malden/USA: Blackwell

Holmes, J./Meyerhoff, M. (eds.) (2003). The Handbook of Language and Gender. Malden et al.: Blackwell.

Tannen, D. (1984). Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends. Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing. (Reprinted 2005, New York: Oxford University Press).

Tannen, D. (1975). Communication mix and mixup, or how linguistics can ruin a marriage. San Jose State Occasional Paper in Linguistics.

Tannen, D. (1987). Conversational Style. Psycholinguistic Models of Production. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.