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How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication
How do you make conversation with someone you have just met? When is communicating by email ill-advised? How do you say “no” without using that dreaded word? Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. And like it or not, it’s one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations
help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.
Being a great conversationalist requires practice and effort. The good news is it’s a skill set anyone can acquire and refine. In just six lectures, How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication will teach you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors. Delivered by award-winning English professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan, this highly practical course focuses on the fundamental principles you need to know to become more conversationally aware and savvy at home, in the workplace, and beyond.
You’ll be amazed by how much you can learn by stepping back from conversations and examining how they operate. You’ll notice things you never picked up on before—like what kind of speaker you are, the strategies you typically rely on (often without realizing it), and the subtleties of the strategies others may use when speaking with you. You’ll find yourself putting these lessons into practice to create more effective dialogues from the very first lecture.
All recent publications by Anne Curzan
All publications by Anne Curzan
How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction, with Michael Adams (Pearson Longman, 3rd ed., 2012); First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching, with Lisa Damour (University of Michigan Press, 3rd ed., 2011); Contours of English and English Language Studies (an edited volume; University of Michigan Press, 2011); Studies in the History of the English Language II: Unfolding Conversations (an edited volume; Mouton de Gruyter, 2004); Gender Shifts in the History of English (Cambridge University Press, 2003); "Says Who? Teaching and Questioning the Rules of Grammar," PMLA (2009); "Corpus-based Approaches to the History of English," The Blackwell Companion to the History of the English Language (2008); "Corpus Linguistics and Historical Linguistics: Evidence of Language Change," The Handbook of Corpus Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter, 2008); "The Importance of Historical Corpora, Reliability, and Reading," with Chris C. Palmer, Corpus-Based Studies in Diachronic English (Peter Lang, 2006); "Spelling Stories: A Way to Teach the History of English" & "Opening Dictionaries to Investigation," Language in the Schools (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005); "Addressing Ideologies arouind African American English," with Alicia Beckford Wassink, Journal of English Linguistics 32.3 (2004); "The Politics of Teaching Standard English," Journal of English Linguistics 30.4 (2002); "The End of Modern English?" American Speech 75.3 (2000); "Lexicography and Questions of Authority in the College Classroom," Dictionaries 2 (2000);"Historical Corpora in the Classroom," Journal of English Linguistics 28.1 (2000); "The Compass of the Vocabulary," Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest, (Oxford UP, 1999); "Gender Categories in Early English Grammars: Their Message to the Modern Grammarian," Gender in Grammar and Cognition, (Mouton de Gruyter, 1999); "Third-Person Pronouns in The Peterborough Chronicle," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 97.3 (1996).