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LINGUIST List 21.4404

Wed Nov 03 2010

Books: Discourse Analysis/Socioling/Text/Corpus Linguistics: Bednarek

Editor for this issue: Fatemeh Abdollahi <fatemehlinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Jennifer Tighe , The Language of Fictional Television: Bednarek

Message 1: The Language of Fictional Television: Bednarek
Date: 04-Oct-2010
From: Jennifer Tighe <jtighecontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: The Language of Fictional Television: Bednarek
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Title: The Language of Fictional Television
Subtitle: Drama and Identity
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

Book URL:

Author: Monika Bednarek

Electronic: ISBN: 9781441105271 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781441155856 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 75.00


In this book, Monika Bednarek addresses the need for a systemic analysis of
television discourse and characterization within linguistics and media studies.
She presents both corpus stylistics and 'manual' analysis of linguistic and
multimodal features of fictional television.

The first part focuses on communicative context, multimodality, genre, audience
and scripted television dialogue while the second part focuses on televisual
characterization, introducing and illustrating the novel concept of 'expressive
character identity.'

Aside from the study of television dialogue, which informs it throughout, this
book is a contribution to studying characterization, to narrative analysis and
to corpus stylistics. With its combination of quantitative and qualitative
analysis, the book represents a wealth of exploratory, innovative and
challenging perspectives, and is a key contribution to the analysis of
television dialogue and character identity.

The volume will be of interest to researchers and students in linguistics,
stylistics and media/television studies, as well as to corpus linguists and
communication theorists. The book will be a useful resource for lecturers
teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in media discourse and
related areas.

'Monika Bednarek's careful quantitative eye looks around unusual corners for a
corpus linguist. Her book The Language of Fictional Television offers a
distinctive, linguistic approach to analyzing popular culture, but draws
productively on stylistics, cultural studies, media studies and sociological
frameworks. This book provides a model for linguists who want to combine corpus
evidence with 'big picture' questions, like how characterisation and identity
works, and how ideologies are naturalized - and might be challenged - both in
and out of fiction. The material can be adapted for teaching materials in senior
undergraduate and postgraduate classes: for example, the chapter on how
vegetarians and vegetarian foods are construed, and how this is involved in
character development in the 'dramedy' Gilmore Girls, makes an excellent
platform for teaching language and ideology.'

Alison Moore, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of
Wollongong & Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Language in Social Life,
Macquarie University, Australia

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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