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The “War on Terror” NarrativeDiscourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality$

Adam Hodges

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759590.001.0001

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(p.165) Appendix C Transcription Conventions for Focus Group Interviews

(p.165) Appendix C Transcription Conventions for Focus Group Interviews

The “War on Terror” Narrative
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Falling intonation


(question mark)

Rising intonation



Continuing intonation



Marks an abrupt cut-off



Rapid speech, words run together






Indicates stress/emphasis placed on word

[ ]


Simultaneous or overlapping speech


(equal sign)

Latching, or contiguous utterances


(period in parentheses)

Pause in flow of speech


(empty parentheses)

Unintelligible speech


(double parentheses)

Transcriber’s comments / description of non-speech activity


(words in italics)

Salient features discussed in the analysis