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Shari Kendall & Deborah Tannen

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Chapter 4: Gender and Language in the Workplace

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Gender and Language in the Workplace
Gender and language in the workplace
ShariKendall and DeborahTannen

Interaction in the workplace is characterized by a unique constellation of constraints: an institutional structure in which individuals are hierarchically ranked; a history of greater male participation in most work settings, especially at the higher ranking levels; a still existing, though recently permeated, pattern of participation along gender lines; periodic external evaluation in the form of raises, promotions, task assignments, and performance reviews; and a situation in which participants are required to interact regularly with others who are neither kin nor chosen affiliates. The workplace thus provides a special challenge to gender and language researchers as well as an opportunity to observe interaction in the context of these constraints.

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