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- DescriptionWhy do men and women talk so differently? And how do these differences interfere with communication between the sexes? In search of an answer to these and other questions, John Locke takes the reader on a fascinating journey, from human evolution through ancient history to the present, revealing why men speak as they do when attempting to impress or seduce women, and why women adopt a very different way of talking when bonding with each other, or discussing rivals. When men talk to men, Locke argues, they frequently engage in a type of 'dueling', locking verbal horns with their rivals in a way that enables them to compete for the things they need, mainly status and sex. By contrast, much of women's talk sounds more like a verbal 'duet', a harmonious way of achieving their goals by sharing intimate thoughts and feelings in private.
- Author BiographyJohn L. Locke is currently Professor of Linguistics at Lehman College, City University of New York. His articles have appeared in a broad range of journals, including the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Evolution and Human Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Language Sciences. He has published over a hundred articles, chapters and books. His books include The De-Voicing of Society (1998) and Eavesdropping: An Intimate History (2010).
- Author(s)John L. Locke
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication25/08/2011
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus.
- Weight470 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine19 mm
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