StudentFirstName StudentLastName Professor FirstName LastName ENGL 300 3 June 2010 Linguistic Differences Between Men and Women Miscommunication between and women can lead to conflict. Deborah Tannen defines message as the information “conveyed by the meanings of words,” and metamessage as what “is communicated about relationships – attitudes toward each other, the occasion, and what we are saying” (“That’s Not What I Meant” 15-16). To elucidate this distinction, I offer an example from my past. I had applied for a management job with my employer at the time but when I enquired with the HR person, she said, “Well, I just don't think you'll be a good fit for us.” On the surface these words should have indicated merely that perhaps I was not...The end:
.....ver truly be able to transcend miscommunication. At the same time, miscommunication can be mitigated by examining the types of perspectives elucidated by linguists such as Tannen. Gender differences do occur in linguistic forms, and the types of conversations between men and women and the inherent miscommunications are proof of these differences. Perhaps I will never become the greatest communicator in the world. Yet, I know I can improve my ability to communicate with women. These improvements will make people around me more comfortable and help me achieve my objectives. Works Cited Tannen, Deborah. “But What Do You Mean?.” Redbook Oct. 1994: 91- 93, 145-147. Print. ---. That’s Not What I Meant. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1986. Print.