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June 12, 2016 5:37 AM   Subscribe

Recently in another question, someone linked to a fascinating article about New York Jewish Conversational Style. The article detailed quirks of this conversational style and discussed the implications of it on others who don't share the same style. Do you know of other articles that detail the conversational style of certain groups? Perhaps about people of certain genders, ages, areas of the country, socioeconomic statuses?
posted by woodvine to Human Relations (5 answers total) 52 users marked this as a favorite
 
Seeing as I'm the one who linked to the original article...

This work all falls under the general fields of socio/anthropological linguistics, which study differences in how people talk, how people communicate, and how that all interacts with society. Tannen's work falls under the more specific field of discourse analysis, and also the study of linguistic style. Those are all wiki pages about the fields, which are a good place to start poking around. These are huge, huge fields, but some specific recommendations for sort of foundational stuff:

You might want to check out more of Tannen's work, specifically on gender differences in communication style. She's written a ton for general audiences, so her stuff is an easy in to the field for a lay person.

John Gumperz's work is foundational in this field, specifically his study of miscommunications between South Asian and white British folks at Heathrow airport.

Penny Eckert is also a big name for the study of style more generally; she's done a lot of work on adolescents and teenage girls in particular, if you want to go down the gender routes some more.
posted by damayanti at 6:58 AM on June 12, 2016 [7 favorites]


There has been a lot of discussion about vocal fry in the past half-decade or so. Links in the references section should make interesting reading.
posted by jessamyn at 7:55 AM on June 12, 2016


Anyone interested in language should look in on the Language Log blog from time to time. They are more interested in specific usages and not so much on style, those the latter does arise from time to time
posted by SemiSalt at 8:00 AM on June 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Recent FPP on politeness and the use of please in American vs British English has a bunch of interesting links and follow up, and the featured blog Separated By A Common Language is a wormhole of amazing.
posted by yeahlikethat at 9:11 AM on June 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


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posted by southern_sky at 2:30 PM on June 12, 2016


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