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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=168446

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

In this book, Monika Bednarek addresses the need for a systematic
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

Contents: 1. Introduction \ Part I Fictional Television: Dialogue and
Drama \ 2. Analysing Television \ 3. The Genre of Dramedy and its Audience
\ 4. Television Dialogue \ Part II Fictional Television: Character Identity \ 5.
Dialogue and Character Identity \ 6. Expressive Character Identity and
Emotive Interjections \ 7. The Multimodal Performance \ 8. Expressive
Character Identity and Ideology: Shared Attitudes \ 9. Conclusion \
References \ Indices

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1441183663
ISBN-13: 9781441183668
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99