Publication details [#61341]

Rubino, Antonia. 2016. Constructing pseudo-intimacy in an Italo-Australian phone-in radio program. Journal of Pragmatics 103 : 33–38.
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This study explores how pseudo-intimacy is discursively established in host-caller interactions in an Italian phone-in radio program in Australia from the very start, callers being mainly elderly dialectophone migrants. Pseudo-intimacy can serve as repair easing strategy when linguistic problems emerge and the host intervenes to secure a fortunate interactional result, whilst offering a social space for a group whose voice is not frequently perceived in the public field.