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Title: Television Dialogue
Subtitle: The sitcom Friends vs. natural conversation
Written By: Paulo Quaglio
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 36

This book explores a virtually untapped, yet fascinating research area:
television dialogue. It reports on a study comparing the language of the
American situation comedy Friends to natural conversation.
Transcripts of the television show and the American English conversation
portion of the Longman Grammar Corpus provide the data for this
corpus-based investigation, which combines Douglas Biber’s multidimensional
methodology with a frequency-based analysis of close to 100 linguistic
features. As a natural offshoot of the research design, this study offers a
comprehensive description of the most common linguistic features
characterizing natural conversation. Illustrated with numerous dialogue
extracts from Friends and conversation, topics such as vague,
emotional, and informal language are discussed. This book will be an
important resource not only for researchers and students specializing in
discourse analysis, register variation, and corpus linguistics, but also
anyone interested in conversational language and television dialogue.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223106
ISBN-13: 9789027223104
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027290441
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