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


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