Fall 2019 Luncheon Speaker

Guest speaker: Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is one of only six in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor. She is a member of the linguistics department. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and has received 5 honorary doctorates, as well as fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Among her 25 books (12 authored, 13 edited or co-edited), Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends and Talking Voices: Repetition, Dialogue and Imagery in Conversational Discourse were re-issued in second editions by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press respectively.  In addition to her 15 academic books and well over a hundred articles, she has written eight books for general audiences. Among these, You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as Number 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. Deborah is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows and has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines.