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Language and Television Series
A Linguistic Approach to TV Dialogue


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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108459150

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  • This book offers a comprehensive linguistic analysis of contemporary US television series. Adopting an interdisciplinary and multimethodological approach, Monika Bednarek brings together linguistic analysis of the Sydney Corpus of Television Dialogue with analysis of scriptwriting manuals, interviews with Hollywood scriptwriters, and a survey undertaken with university students about their consumption of TV series. In so doing, she presents five new and original empirical studies. The focus on language use in a professional context (the television industry), on scriptwriting pedagogy, and on learning and teaching provides an applied linguistic lens on TV series. This is complemented by perspectives taken from media linguistics, corpus linguistics and sociocultural linguistics/sociolinguistics. Throughout the book, multiple dialogue extracts are presented from a wide variety of well-known fictional television series, including The Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy and Bones. Researchers in applied linguistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and media linguistics will find the book both stimulating and unique in its approach.

    • Explicitly discusses implications of the results for the classroom, ideal for researchers interested in the teaching of television literacy and the use of TV dialogue in language learning and teaching
    • Provides an industry perspective from contemporary Hollywood
    • Draws on interviews undertaken by the author with five scriptwriters, including the current showrunner of Veep
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108459150
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 40 b/w illus. 36 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Television dialogue
    2. Linguistic approaches to telecinematic discourse
    Part II. A Functional Approach to Television Series (FATS):
    3. Functions relating to the communication of the narrative
    4. Other functions of TV dialogue
    Part III. Data and Approaches:
    5. Corpora and corpus linguistic methods
    6. Other approaches
    Part IV. Analyses of SydTV:
    7. Salient features of TV dialogue: a corpus linguistic approach
    8. Key words, variation, and further insights into TV dialogue
    9. Non-codified language in SydTV
    Part V. TV Dialogue in Pedagogy:
    10. 'Take that pencil and just GO!': TV series and scriptwriting pedagogy
    11. Consuming television dialogue: a case study of advanced learners in Germany
    Part VI. Conclusion:
    12. Conclusion.

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    Monika Bednarek, University of Sydney
    Monika Bednarek is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of five books including The Discourse of New Values (2017) and The Language of Fictional Television (2010). She is co-editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Functions of Language.

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