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Deborah Tannen

The Language of Friendship: The Role of Talk in an Understudied Relationship: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Deborah Tannen

Lecture | October 24 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Graduate Division


Deborah Tannen will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 24 and 25, 2017. The first lecture is titled "The Language of Friendship: The Role of Talk in an Understudied Relationship" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
In her first lecture, Deborah Tannen will draw on her interviews with eighty women, ranging in age from 9 to 97–and on years of research examining how ways of talking affect relationships–to explore the role of talk among friends, with particular focus on women’s friendships, how they compare to men’s, and the consequences of such differences.

About Deborah Tannen
Deborah Tannen’s research examines the discourse of everyday conversation, including cross-cultural and gender differences in ways of speaking, and the discourse of social media. A prolific scholar, Tannen has written critically praised books for both scholarly and general audiences. Her books include the #1, four-year New York Times best-seller You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation (1990); Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work (1994); You’re Wearing THAT?: Mothers and Daughters in Conversation (2006); and You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships (2017). Her scholarly books include Gender and Discourse (1994), Conversational Style (2nd edition, 2005) and Talking Voices: Repetition, Dialogue, and Imagery in Conversational Discourse (2nd edition, 2007).

Since 1979 Tannen has been on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Department of Linguistics; and since 1991 has held the rank of University Professor. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University, spent a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She is a member of the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.


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lectures@berkeley.edu, 510-643-7413