chapter  2
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Who speaks here? Interacting politely

I mean I have no idea what story Pat had told theml! Nell: mm Max: she's got a vivid imagination when she gets started who

knows w-! who knows what fabrication they had been treated to

Nell: well she was pretty stressed out !maybe they were just over-reacting from worry r about her d'you think 1

Max: Lnot them not them J they just hate my gutsll any excuse to abuse me! I'm not good enough for their daughter

[The words within the square brackets were uttered simultaneously. J

In Chapter 1, I suggested that women more often focus on the social or affective function of talk, while men tend to orientate to its referential function. In this chapter, I will examine a range of interactive strategies that provide some support for this suggestion.