Backstage talk on air : Incidental humour and media broadcast discourse

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Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description The presentation applies Erving Goffman's theory of backstage and frontstage behaviour to the analysis of spoken data from sports broadcasts. It is argued that the contrast between the standard language forms expected in one's frontstage behaviour clashes with an individual's non-standard vernacular naturally adopted in backstage utterences. When the backstage becomes frontstage, e.g. through technical mistakes in the broadcast media, the contrast can produce humorous incongruities.
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