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Involvement in Australian Talkback Radio—A Corpus Linguistic Investigation

Autor: Monika Bednarek
Revista: Australian Journal of Linguistics Nº 34 (1)
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07268602.2014.875453#.VUeHsiHtlHw

In this article I make use of data from the Australian National Corpus to explore involvement in Australian talkback radio. Using the Australian Radio Talkback Corpus (ART), and comparing this with a corpus of scripted radio talks from the ABC, I investigate potential linguistic markers of involvement from a corpus linguistic perspective.

Key differences are expected to occur in these data because even though both corpora are examples of Australian English radio speech, the scripted radio talks are prepared ‘written-to-be-spoken’ monologues, whereas the talkback programmes represent more ‘spontaneous’ dialogic speech.

Because of the different transcription conventions used in the two corpora, my analyses will focus on grammatical markers of involvement, in particular pronoun usage and the private/mental verbs know, think, want. To date, talkback radio has been mainly investigated from in-depth, qualitative perspectives, specifically conversation analysis.

A corpus linguistic investigation will be able to make a strong empirical contribution to such research, focusing on recurring patterns across larger data sets.