Television Dramatic Dialogue: A Sociolinguistic Study

Paperback | November 3, 2010

byKay Richardson

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When we watch and listen to actors speaking lines that have been written by someone else-a common experience if we watch any television at all-the illusion of "people talking" is strong. These characters are people like us, but they are also different, products of a dramatic imagination, andthe talk they exchange is not quite like ours.Television Dramatic Dialogue examines, from an applied sociolinguistic perspective, and with reference to television, the particular kind of "artificial" talk that we know as dialogue: onscreen/on-mike talk delivered by characters as part of dramatic storytelling in a range of fictional andnonfictional TV genres. As well as trying to identify the place which this kind of language occupies in sociolinguistic space, Richardson seeks to understand the conditions of its production by screenwriters and the conditions of its reception by audiences, offering two case studies, one British(Life on Mars) and one American (House).

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When we watch and listen to actors speaking lines that have been written by someone else-a common experience if we watch any television at all-the illusion of "people talking" is strong. These characters are people like us, but they are also different, products of a dramatic imagination, andthe talk they exchange is not quite like ours...

Kay Richardson is Reader in Communication Studies, School of Politics and Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195374061

ISBN - 13:9780195374063

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Previous Research3. What Is TV Dialogue Like?4. What TV Screenwriters Know About Dialogue5. What Audiences Know About Dialogue6. Dialogue As Social Interaction7. Dialogue, Character and Social Cognition8. Dialogue and Dramatic Meaning: Life on Mars9. House and snark10. ConclusionBibliographyAppendix: List of televison shows referred to