But What Do You Mean?

1772 Words Feb 24th, 2014 8 Pages
1. What is Tannen’s purpose in writing this essay? What does she hope it will accomplish?
From what I gathered Tannen’s purpose was for us to comprehend the importance of communication in the work field. How the simplest verbal functions can be interpreted in many different ways. “Conversation is a ritual” I find so much meaning behind these four simple words, the article in its entirety are summed up by these word. Tannen wants to enlighten us to remember that our words are powerful. I believe she wants us to take back control over what we say. We are as infants and Deborah is as our mother, giving us our first words. Not to mention it seems as if she wants to open up the doors for men and women not only in the work place but in their
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If I would not have opened the door there would have been no need for her to tilt the stroller over.
Questions on Writing Strategy
1. The essay has a large cast of characters: twenty-three to be exact. What function do these characters serve? How does Tannen introduce them to the reader? Does she describe them in sufficient detail?
In various degrees she is using their experience to provide her analyses with common communication interactions among individuals. Thus these caricatures provide us with insight to flaws that we all may relate to, it gave me ample examples on how she came to classify these areas of difficult in communication between a male and a female. There are different ways Deborah went about introducing these individuals through the article, however I see two common threads in these introductions. I found that she refers to herself in relation to these characters; she puts you in the scene of where the conversation happened before showing the differences in how the sexes interacted in areas of speech. Tannen does not describe the characters in great detail as they are only a point of reference to here short stories. There would be no liable information if she was to further her detail of the character. This is not the emphasis of the article therefore only the pertinent