small talk

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Polite, informal conversation about nothing of any particular importance. A form of discourse often stereotypically associated by men with women's talk (men's talk thus being an unmarked form; see also markedness). Malinowski argues that the function of such discourse is phatic (see phatic communication).

Subjects: Media Studies.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.