Séminaire Guest-O

Date: 16 décembre 2019 17:00 - 19:00

Lieu: MSH SUD, site St Charles 2, tram Albert 1er

"What linguistics can teach us about television, and what television can teach us about linguistics"

by Kristy Beers Fägersten (Södertörn University, Sweden).


The point of departure for this seminar is the proposal that many of us encounter television language on such a regular basis that it constitutes a very real and present feature of our everyday linguistic lives. Television dialogue represents, influences, and informs our ideas about and our own usage of language and linguistic resources, and thus it should be viewed and approached as one of many sources of linguistic input and exposure. From this point of departure, the seminar aims to examine the relationship between television language and linguistics, focusing on three perspectives. The first part of the seminar addresses what television can teach us about linguistics by considering how linguistic concepts and even specific linguistic terminology are incorporated into the dialogue of television series. Next, the question of what linguistics can teach us about television language is explored in terms of how television dialogue can be subjected to linguistic analysis and challenge the linguist to account for language usage according to available theories. The seminar concludes with a discussion of ‘quality’ in television dialogue, prompted by examples of what viewers understand as ‘good’ vs ‘bad’ writing, and what aspects or features they orient to in making these judgments. The seminar will feature ample opportunity for audience participation.