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.