- "Men pursue a a style of interaction based on power, while women pursue a style based on solidarity and support"
- All-male groups of speakers tend to be hierarchal and establish dominant and submissive roles
- Groups of women are more flexible and cooperative, drawing out reticent speakers and expressing affection and concern
- Coates labelled these features "women's cooperative discourse"
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Women's cooperative discourse 1
Topic and topic development
- women typically choose to talk about people and feelings rather than things
- topics are developed slowly, building on others' contributions and arriving at consensus
- active listernership and support are signalled subtly rather than overtly
- used to encurage discussion and to avoid appearing challenging or threatening
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Women's cooperative discourse 2
- interrogative forms are used to encourage participation rather than to seek information
- overlapping conversation aids cooperation and topic development
- the evidence suggests that women and men do pursue different interactive styles and that men seek to dominate and control...
- ...adversely women tend to offer support via minimal responses
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