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Television Dramatic DialogueA Sociolinguistic Study$
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Kay Richardson

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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House and Snark

House and Snark

(p.169) 9 House and Snark
Television Dramatic Dialogue

Kay Richardson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 is focused less on how dialogue contributes to dramatic meaning and more on its sociolinguistic creativity. Its particular emphasis is on strategies of impoliteness in the American medical series House (Fox 2004–present). It makes a case that these strategies are interesting from an interactional sociolinguistic perspective. They demonstrate ways of being impolite that have not so far been addressed by the available theoretical accounts, introducing the concept of fake banter, and, more generally, add to the sheer complication of trying to theorize impoliteness.

Keywords:   interactional sociolinguistics, impoliteness, script, medical drama, banter

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