Welcome to the official website of Dr. Deborah Tannen.


University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University

“[Deborah Tannen] is the world’s most famous linguist…akin to Margaret Mead, who popularized the field of anthropology, or Stephen Jay Gould, who brought paleontology to a wider public.” – THE WASHINGTONIAN


upcoming media appearances

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upcoming public appearances

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recently in the media

NPR's WAMU The Diane Rehm Show with appearance by Deborah Tannen, "Adult Sibling Relationships"

NPR's KPCC Take Two with appearance by Deborah Tannen, "Creator of 'Just Not Sorry' App Says It's Not about Policing how Women Speak"

NPR's KQED The Forum radio show with appearance by Deborah Tannen, "I'm Sorry, But May We Discuss Tentative Speech?"

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Deborah Tannen's academic and professional office is located in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. For all queries, please contact her assistant, Kate Murray, at tannend@georgetown.edu or 202-687-5910. 

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