Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of “Happy Talk”

  title={Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of “Happy Talk”},
  author={Joyce M. Bell and Douglas Hartmann},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={895 - 914}
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