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In Watching TV with a Linguist, Fägersten challenges the conventional view of television as lowbrow entertainment devoid of intellectual activity. Rather, she champions the use of fictional television to learn about linguistics and at the same time promotes enriched television viewing experiences by explaining the role of language in creating humor, conveying drama, and developing identifiable characters. The essays gathered in this volume explore specific areas of linguistics, providing a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the study of language. Through programs such as Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Sherlock, and The Wire, contributors deftly illustrate key linguistic concepts and terminology using snippets of familiar dialogue and examples of subtle narration. In addition, contributors aim to raise linguistic awareness among readers by identifying linguistics in action, encouraging readers to recognize additional examples of concepts on their own. To this end, each chapter provides suggestions for viewing other television series or specific episodes, where further examples of the linguistic concepts in focus can be found. Invaluable as a resource in linguistics and communication courses, Watching TV with a Linguist is the first book to use the familiar and compelling medium of television to engage students with the science of language.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Content
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction: The Linguist’s View of Television
  2. Kristy Beers Fägersten
  3. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Watching the Detective: Sherlock and Spoken Television Discourse
  2. Kay Richardson
  3. pp. 14-39
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  1. 2. Dealers and Discourse: Sociolinguistic Variation in The Wire
  2. Joe Trotta
  3. pp. 40-65
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  1. 3. “Back in St. Olaf . . .”: Regional Variation in The Golden Girls
  2. Jean Ann
  3. pp. 66-84
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  1. 4. SaMANtha: Language and Gender in Sex and the City
  2. Kristy Beers Fägersten and Hanna Sveen
  3. pp. 85-113
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  1. 5. The Pragmatics Explication: Making Sense of Nerds in The Big Bang Theory
  2. Matthias Eitelmann and Ulrike Stange
  3. pp. 114-138
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  1. 6. Cunning Linguistics: The Semantics of Word Play in South Park
  2. Michael Percillier
  3. pp. 139-160
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  1. 7. Word Formation in HIMYM
  2. Jessie Sams
  3. pp. 161-180
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  1. 8. What’s the Deal with Morphemes?: Doing Morphology with Seinfeld
  2. Kristy Beers Fägersten
  3. pp. 181-201
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  1. 9. Channel Surfing: Tuning into the Sounds of English
  2. Kristy Beers Fägersten
  3. pp. 202-230
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  1. 10. Syntax in Seattle
  2. Gülşat Aygen
  3. pp. 231-256
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  1. 11. I’m Learneding!: First Language Acquisition in The Simpsons
  2. Kristy Beers Fägersten
  3. pp. 257-281
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  1. 12. Lost and Language Found
  2. Kristy Beers Fägersten and Ilaria Fiorentini
  3. pp. 282-306
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  1. 13. The One Based on 738,032 Words: Language Use in the Friends-corpus
  2. Paulo Quaglio
  3. pp. 307-336
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  1. Appendix A: WMatrix Grammatical Tags
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. Appendix B: WMatrix Semantic Tags
  2. pp. 341-346
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 347-356
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 357-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-390
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815653950
Related ISBN
9780815634935
MARC Record
OCLC
955275501
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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