IN the past 20 years we have seen an explosion of interest in gender andcommunication. Several early works drew attention to the relationshipsamong gender, language, and communication (e.g., Key, 1975; Lakoff, 1975; Thorne & Henley, 1975), and a steady stream of scholarly interest in these issues has followed. Popular writings on gender and communication abound (e.g., Gray, 1993; Reardon, 1995; Schloff & Yudkin, 1993). Perhaps the best-known work on the subject is linguist Deborah Tannen's You Just Correspondence and requests for reprints: Daena J. Goldsmith, Department ofSpeech Communication, 244 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, 702 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801-3631; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation (1990b; hereafter referred to as YJDU).