Appropriating Live Televised Football Through Talk (Studies in Pragmatics #13) (Hardcover)

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Video-recordings of families and groups of friends watching the FIFA men's football World Cup in their homes allow access to the empirical rather than the imagined or inscribed audiences of a major television event. Qualitative analyses reveal how natural audiences behave in the reception situation appropriating live televised football through talk.
Gerhardt shows how the mainly English television viewers use an array of linguistic and embodied resources to turn watching football into a meaningful activity in their groups. Cohesive devices and sequentiality link the fans' talk-in-interaction to the televised text (commentary and pictures). Gaze behaviour, pointing, and even jumping up and down are used as resources for a variety of functions like the construction of an identity as football fan.

About the Author

Cornelia Gerhardt, Ph.D., Saarland University, Germany, works as a lecturer in the English department of that University. Her major interests include the reception situation and the appropriation of media discourse as well as culinary linguistics, and language and football.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789004278998
ISBN-10: 9004278990
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: September 8th, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Studies in Pragmatics