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4.0 out of 5 stars If you're interested in language - read it!, 11 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: Women Talk: Conversation Between Women Friends (Paperback)
This is a great book. Jennifer Coates explores the importance of language in relationships between women and tries to figure out why talk is so valuable. She asks questions such as 'Where do women talk?' and 'What exactly do they talk about?' and then proceeds to give detailed answers based on the research she's done involving a group of women. The book talks about women's speech structure and why women sometimes seem to, sort of, well, use hedges and how good they are at exploiting the use of questions, aren't they? Coates also explains how language is a vital part of making and sustaining women's friendships and alleviates some of the guilt over that huge phone bill!
Altogether it's a fascinating read which raises lots of interesting points and will make you subconsciously analyse the next conversation you have with your friends. The only flaw would be the way in which the conversation transcripts are laid out. It can be a little confusing to follow at first but you should get used to it after a while!
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