Talking the Dog: Framing Pets as Interactional Resources in Family Discourse

  title={Talking the Dog: Framing Pets as Interactional Resources in Family Discourse},
  author={Deborah Tannen},
  journal={Research on Language and Social Interaction},
  pages={399 - 420}
  • D. Tannen
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology
  • Research on Language and Social Interaction
Based on examples drawn from tape recordings of two middle-class, dual-career White couples with children who audiotaped their own interactions for a week, I examined how family members mediate interpersonal interaction by speaking as, to, or about pet dogs who are present in the interaction. Analysis demonstrates that dogs become resources by which speakers effect a frame shift to a humorous key, buffer criticism, deliver praise, teach values to a child, resolve potential conflict with a… Expand
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