Television Discourse: Analysing Language in the Media

Television Discourse: Analysing Language in the Media

by Nuria Lorenzo-Dus


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What is the connection between what is said on TV and how it is said? Structured around four key features of the current broadcast landscape (storytelling, closeness, conflict and persuasion),Television Discourse examines the specific forms and structures of talk across media genres as varied asreality shows and political interviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403934291
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

NURIA LORENZO-DUS is Reader in the in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University, UK.She has published widely on media discourse and cross-cultural pragmatics in international journals, such as Media, Culture& Society and Journal of Pragmatics, and is currently involved in an AHRC funded project on mediated memory and commemoration.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations.- List of Extracts, Tables and Figures.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- PART I: STORYTELLING Storytelling...or the Entertaining Construction of Reality.- Once Upon a Time in a Documentary.- Once Upon a Time in a Talk Show.- PART II: CLOSENESS Closeness...or How Television Gets Up Close and Personal.- Live News and Closeness.- 'Close' Talk and Moral Worthiness.- PART III: CONFLICT Conflict...or the Rise of Spectacular Incivility.- Emotional Conflict Talkand RealityTelevision.- Conflict Talk and Politics.- PART IV: PERSUASION Persuasion...or the Art of Occultatio.- Persuasion, Politics and Television.- Persuasion and Lifestyle Television.- Interacting in a BroadcastMedium: Some Final Words.- Glossary.- Guide to Further Reading.- Bibliography.- Index.

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In a clear and engaging style, this book offers the reader a sophisticated yet accessible insight into the nitty-gritty of televisual discourse. Moving seamlessly across an astounding range of programme formats, speech genres, and analytic frameworks, Lorenzo-Dus explains how television shapes our perceptions, worldviews and lifestyles. Read this book and watch television with your eyes and ears open. Scary, gripping and thought-provoking. - Professor Adam Jaworski, Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University

'...useful and interesting...' - Journal of Sociolinguistics

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