LINGUIST List 13.164

Tue Jan 22 2002

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. 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*

Cambridge University Press

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