Telecinematic Discourse

Approaches to the language of films and television series

| University of Sussex
| University of Sydney
| University of Messina
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This cutting-edge collection of articles provides the first organised reflection on the language of films and television series across British, American and Italian cultures. The volume suggests new directions for research and applications, and offers a variety of methodologies and perspectives on the complexities of "telecinematic" discourse – a hitherto virtually unexplored area of investigation in linguistics.
The papers share a common vision of the big and small screen: the belief that the discourses of film and television offer a re-presentation of our world. As such, telecinematic texts reorganise and recreate language (together with time and space) in their own way and with respect to specific socio-cultural conventions and media logic. The volume provides a multifaceted, yet coherent insight into the diegetic – as it revolves around narrative – as opposed to mimetic – as referring to other non-narrative and non-fictional genres – discourses of fictional media. The collection will be of interest to researchers, tutors and students in pragmatics, stylistics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, communication studies and related fields.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 211]  2011.  xi, 315 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Analysing telecinematic discourse
Roberta Piazza, Monika Bednarek and Fabio Rossi
Part I. Cinematic discourse
Chapter 2. Discourse analysis of film dialogues: Italian comedy between linguistic realism and pragmatic non-realism
Fabio Rossi
Chapter 3. Using film as linguistic specimen: Theoretical and practical issues
Michael Alvarez-Pereyre
Chapter 4. Multimodal realisations of mind style in Enduring Love
Rocío Montoro
Chapter 5. Pragmatic deviance in realist horror films: A look at films by Argento and Fincher
Roberta Piazza
Chapter 6. Emotion and empathy in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas: A case study of the “funny guy” scene
Derek Bousfield and Dan McIntyre
Chapter 7. Quantifying the emotional tone of James Bond films: An application of the Dictionary of Affect in Language
Rose Ann Kozinski
Chapter 8. Structure and function in the generic staging of film trailers: A multimodal analysis
Carmen Daniela Maier
Part II. Televisual discourse
Chapter 9. “I don’t know what they’re saying half the time, but I’m hooked on the series”: Incomprehensible dialogue and integrated multimodal characterisation in The Wire
Michael Toolan
Chapter 10. The stability of the televisual character: A corpus stylistic case study
Monika Bednarek
Chapter 11. Star Trek: Voyager’s Seven of Nine: A case study of language and character in a televisual text
Susan Mandala
Chapter 12. Relationship impression formation: How viewers know people on the screen are friends
Claudia Bubel
Chapter 13. Genre, performance and Sex and the City
Brian Paltridge, Angela Thomas and Jianxin Liu
Chapter 14. Bumcivilian: Systemic aspects of humorous communication in comedies
Alexander Brock
List of tables
List of figures
Index of films and TV series
“This is a genuinely innovative collection of texts, examining aspects of media discourse from a variety of different linguistics-based approaches. I can imagine that a number of the chapters will be much cited as they lead to promising directions of further investigation. [...] This is a thought-provoking book, appropriate for those who wish to experiment with diverse approaches to media discourse from linguistic perspectives that take account of other modalities. The editors and publishers have done an excellent job of presentation; the texts are enhanced by careful figures and tables, and the composite index is admirable.”
“The articles in this collection consist mainly of in-depth case studies of particular movies or television series, which offer valuable insights in the budding study of telecinematic discourse. The contents are based on several different perspectives and methodologies (e.g. pragmatics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and stylistics) and most authors not only base their analysis on purely linguistic aspects but also use a multimodal approach to interpreting their data. Overall, this collection is a first step in the systematic analysis of telecinematic discourse and illustrates the need for further research in this field.”
“This volume presents a well-thought out and balanced selection of interrelated articles showing the endless possibilities for further research in this field. Indeed, one of the strengths of this volume is that its contributions feature many approaches which do not exclusively focus on the verbal channel (i.e. by taking a multimodal stance, examining the types of frames, gestures, sounds) and which stimulate cross-disciplinary analyses. [...] I would recommend this volume to scholars interested in disciplines such as Pragmatics, Corpus Linguistics, Stylistics, Film Studies and Cultural Studies.”
Telecinematic Discourse, on the whole, is groundbreaking for contemporary multimodal discourse analysis, especially in its various methodological approaches and analytical perspectives on languages of films and television series. The collection of articles explores new areas and directions for discourse analysis. [...] One noteworthy aspect is that previously most MDA research has used a systemic functional approach, while studies in this book cover disciplines of linguistics, pedagogy, psychology, semiotics and sociology. In short, this book would be an asset to students and researchers interested in pragmatics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, communication and cultural studies.”
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011015156
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