LINGUIST List 13.164

Tue Jan 22 2002

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  • Joyce Reid, Sociolinguistics: The News Interview by Clayman & Heritage

    Message 1: Sociolinguistics: The News Interview by Clayman & Heritage

    Date: 16 Jan 2002 14:50:38 +0800
    From: Joyce Reid <>
    Subject: Sociolinguistics: The News Interview by Clayman & Heritage

    The News Interview Journalists and Public Figures on the Air

    Steven Clayman John Heritage University of California, Los Angeles, CA

    The news interview has become a major vehicle for presenting broadcast news and political commentary. This book examines the place of the news interview in Anglo-American broadcasting as well as its historical development in the United States and Britain. It discusses the fundamental norms and conventions that shape conduct in the modern interview, including the linguistic and interactional practices of journalists. Through analyses of well-known interviews, the book explores the relationship between journalists and public figures, and reveals the tensions lying beneath the surface of the nightly news.


    1. Introduction; 2. The news interview in context; 3. Framing the news interview; 4. Taking turns and 'doing' news interview talk; 5. Defensible questioning; 6. Designing questions; 7. Answers and evasions; 8. The panel interview; 9. Conclusion: the future of the news interview.

    Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics 16

    2002/c. 310 pp. 0-521-81259-3/Hb/List: $65.00* 0-521-01191-4/Pb/List: $23.00*

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