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Matters of Opinion

Matters of Opinion
Talking About Public Issues

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Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521793124

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  • Where do opinions actually come from? Drawing on the analysis of conversations from focus groups, phone-ins and broadcast interviews, Greg Myers argues that members of the public use opinions in order to get along with other people, and demonstrates that how they say things is just as important as what they say. This book clarifies the current debate on the nature of the public's participation in conversation.

    • A detailed discourse analysis of focus groups
    • Discourse issues such as reported speech and topic control are linked to social issues of belief, agency, trust and expertise
    • Interactions are considered within a wider context of broadcast talk, phone-ins and news
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521793124
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Transcription conventions
    Focus-group data
    1. Paradoxes of opinion
    2. A tool kit for analysing group discussions
    3. Forums for opinion: 'what is it that's going on here?'
    4. Institutions of opinion: voice of the people?
    5. Topics in interaction: 'why that now?'
    6. Agreeing and disagreeing: maintaining sociable argument
    7. Representing speech: other voices, other places
    8. Questioning expertise: who says?
    9. Radio phone-ins: mediated sociable arguments
    10. Vox pop television interviews: constructing the public
    11. Opinions as talk

  • Author

    Greg Myers, Lancaster University
    Greg Myers is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language, University of Lancaster.

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