Television Dialogue: The Sitcom Friends Vs. Natural Conversation

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 161 pages
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This book explores a virtually untapped, yet fascinating research area: television dialogue. It reports on a study comparing the language of the American situation comedy "Friends" to natural conversation. Transcripts of the television show and the American English conversation portion of the "Longman Grammar Corpus" provide the data for this corpus-based investigation, which combines Douglas Biber s multidimensional methodology with a frequency-based analysis of close to 100 linguistic features. As a natural offshoot of the research design, this study offers a comprehensive description of the most common linguistic features characterizing natural conversation. Illustrated with numerous dialogue extracts from "Friends" and conversation, topics such as vague, emotional, and informal language are discussed. This book will be an important resource not only for researchers and students specializing in discourse analysis, register variation, and corpus linguistics, but also anyone interested in conversational language and television dialogue."
 

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The speech of Friends resembles real everyday speech more closely than it resembles, say, telephone conversations or academic literature, but tends to be less vague and more emotional, sometimes ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the book
Opening credits
Setting the stage
Behind the scenes
Take 1
Some you know I mean its really urgh
I am just really really happy
Im just hanging out Yknow having fun
Once upon a time
Thats a wrap
References
Appendix
Name index
Subject index
The series Studies in Corpus Linguistics SCL
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