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Small talk has a point, actually. Here’s how to be better at it | Vox

In defense of the much-maligned conversational form.

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Small talk is also a useful tool to build friendships. In Women Talk, published in 1996, the linguistics scholar Jennifer Coates argues that chatter between women, often dismissed as frivolous and unimportant, actually constructs and maintains relationships through layered communicative devices, like storytelling, questioning, and repetition. Even when the conversation doesn’t “matter” in a traditional sense, perhaps that’s part of the joy: a small escape from the serious, a reprieve from the heavier matters at hand.

Find out more, read the full article by Rebecca Jennings here: Small talk has a point, actually. Here’s how to be better at it | Vox

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