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Television Dramatic Dialogue: A Sociolinguistic Study

Kay Richardson


When we watch and listen to actors speaking lines that have been written by someone else, a common experience if we watch any television at all, the illusion of “people talking” is strong. These characters are people like us—or else the illusion would not work—but they are also different, products of a dramatic imagination, and the talk they exchange is also not quite like ours either. This book examines, from an applied sociolinguistic perspective, and with reference to television, the particular kind of “artificial” talk that we know as dialogue: onscreen/on‐mike talk delivered by characters ... More

Keywords: television, dialogue, text, interaction, screenwriting, audiences, creativity, talk, drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374056
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374056.001.0001


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Kay Richardson, author
University of Liverpool
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