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Deborah Tannen
(1951-____) born on
Jun 7
US sociolinguist, writer. 0
         
   
F
[T]he seeds of [the Argument Culture] can be found our classrooms, where a teacher will introduce an article or an idea . . . setting up debates where people learn not to listen to each other because they're so busy trying to win the debate.

R
We all know we are unique individuals, but we tend to see others as representatives of groups.
A
It's our tendency to approach every problem as if it were a fight between two sides. We see it in headlines that are always using metaphors for war. It's a general atmosphere of animosity and contention that has taken over our public discourse.
N
The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.
K
When people realize that in the long run you may be turning off the audiences more, even though they will look temporarily--in the end they turn away, we really need to develop other metaphors and not talk about two sides, but talk about all sides.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Argument Culture;" 27 Mar 1998 interview with Jim Lehrer on "The NewsHour."
R: "You Just Don't Understand," 1990.
A: "The Argument Culture;" 27 Mar 1998 interview with Jim Lehrer on "The NewsHour."
N: In "The Wit & Wisdom of Women," ed. Melissa Stein, 1993.
K: "The Argument Culture;" 27 Mar 1998 interview with Jim Lehrer on "The NewsHour."
   


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