Social Studies


Deborah Tannen distinguishes between (rapport/report) talk, which is preferred by women, and (rapport/report) talk, which is preferred by men.

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  • Deborah Tannen states that women preferred rapport talks while men preferred report talks.

    In 1990, Deborah Tannen observed the gender differences in communication between men and women based on the different goals that each pursues. She noted that men preferred to lecture or give report talks because they established authority.

    On the other hand, women preferred communications that involved give-and-take relationships.  This situation creates emotional connections where one speaks while the other listens interchangeably.


    Thus, according to Deborah Tannen, women engage more in "rapport talks," creating social affiliation and emotional connections, while men prefer "report talks" without emotional involvement.

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