Deborah Tannen Conversational Signals

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In this reading by Deborah Tannen she describes conversational signals. These signals include pausing in a conversation and the loudness and pitch used during conversation. She talks about how these conversational signals are interpreted differently depending on where you are in the world. Even in America the conversational signals differ greatly from the West to the East coast. I have lived in the Midwest and on the West coast and I have experienced the difference in how people communicate. When I moved to Southern Indiana my freshman year of high school I experienced some culture shock. The first time I had dinner with my boyfriend's family I was really shocked at how boring and uneventful it was. I have a big family and our dinners always

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