Evidence from Multi-Dimensional Analysis and Corpora
Chapter 1 Opening Credits: Face-to-Face and Movie Conversation 17
17 Chapter 1 Opening Credits: Face-to-Face and Movie Conversation 1.1 Introduction The present book explores the linguistic nature of American movie conversation, pointing out its resemblances to face-to-face conversa- tion. Over the last 30 years, these two types of speech have been claimed to differ in terms of language spontaneity. The first has been traditionally defined as artificially written-to-be-spoken (Nencioni 1976, Gregory and Carroll 1978, Taylor 1999, Rossi 2003, Pavesi 2005) and deemed unlikely to comprise the features that characterize conversation (Sinclair 2004b), whereas the second has always been con- sidered the quintessence of spoken language, as it is totally spontane- ous (McCarthy 1998, Biber et al. 1999, Halliday 2005, Miller 2006). Figure 1, regarding sub-categories of speech, well illustrates this tradi- tional categorization, which classifies movie conversation as reciting and as the speaking of what is written to be spoken as if not written, hence as non-spontaneous speaking : 18 Figure 1. Spoken language sub-categories (Gregory and Carroll 1978: 47). Yet, the following extract represents a case in point: Extract 1: Speaker1 Oh, my God. There she is. There’s Rosemary. Speaker2 Where? Speaker1 Right there. Speaker2 Right where? Speaker1 Straight ahead. Across the field. Speaker2 Is she behind the rhino? Speaker1 She’s right there! Mauricio, I want you to meet someone. This is Rosemary Shanahan. Rosemary, Mauricio Wilson. Speaker3 Hi. Nice to meet you. Speaker2 Holy cow. I mean, uh… hi. Speaker3 Is that uh a Members Only jacket? Speaker2 Yes. Yes, it is. Speaker3 So, what are you, like,...
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