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Title: The Language of Fictional Television
Subtitle: Drama and Identity
Written By: Monika Bednarek
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=157471&SearchType=Basic

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
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

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781441105271
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781441155856
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00