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Mon Aug 29 2016

Books: Watching TV with a Linguist: Fägersten

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Date: 29-Aug-2016
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Subject: Watching TV with a Linguist: Fägersten
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Title: Watching TV with a Linguist
Series Title: Television and Popular Culture
Published: 2016
Publisher: Syracuse University Press

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Editor: Kristy Beers Fägersten
Electronic: ISBN: 9780815653950 Pages: Price: ----
Hardback: ISBN: 9780815634935 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780815610816 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 34.95

Watching TV with a Linguist is an introduction to the study of English linguistics based on English-language television shows. Each chapter approaches linguistics as science in action, with comprehensive presentations of linguistic sub-fields, including clear explanations of relevant linguistic terminology, concepts, theory, and method, each of which is illustrated with examples from contextualized dialogues from one or more episodes of a specific drama or comedy series. Through analysis of dialogue from programs such as Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Sherlock, and The Wire, contributors deftly illustrate concepts including morphemes, language acquisition, and syntax. The authors also encourage readers to recognize additional examples on their own. To this end, each chapter provides suggestions for other television series or episodes where further examples of the concepts in focus can be found.

Watching TV as a linguist means being acutely aware of just how much language permeates the television landscape. Although we "watch" television, we also simultaneously listen, constantly evaluating and reconciling what we see with what we hear. A linguist-viewer cannot help but identify the myriad of examples of linguistic principles and phenomena that are constantly incorporated in television dialogue, often due to explicit construction and targeted manipulation of language for dramatic and comedic effect. Watching TV as a linguist is thus an intensely active practice, in which the authors of this volume enthusiastically take part and which, with a bit of guidance, any viewer can learn as well.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Georgetown University Press
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Lincom GmbH
MIT Press
Multilingual Matters
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Oxford University Press
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Peter Lang AG
Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
University of Toronto Press

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Universitat Jaume I
University of Nebraska Press
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