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Crossing Boundaries

Studies in English Language, Literature, and Culture in a Global Environment

Edited By Richard Nordquist

The articles in this volume were originally presented in spring 2009 at an international conference hosted by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Languages and Cultures at Tallinn University in Estonia. The theme of «crossing boundaries» is reflected in the rich mix of genres, cultures, applications, and critical theories considered here. Indeed, these articles demonstrate that crossing boundaries can be a companionable journey as well an intellectually enriching experience.

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Janika Johanna Marley - Discourse Analysis and Soap Opera: A Study beyond the Word Level - 63

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63 Janika Johanna Marley DISCOURSE ANALYSIS AND SOAP OPERA: A STUDY BEYOND THE WORD LEVEL Anyone dealing with discourse analysis today is mainly faced with two funda- mental problems. First, which definition of discourse to choose from the wealth of explanations that have been offered throughout its historical development and second, what exactly could be the object of the analysis since this multifaceted discipline may generate abundant targets a scholar may tackle. To put it briefly, discourse is often described as “language-in-use” or “socially situated text and talk” thus its analysis is mainly focused on various types of language in use: written texts of all kinds and as well as spoken ones, from the simplest conversations to the most complicated communication. Being a novel researcher of discourse analysis the efforts to engage in inves- tigating the area have as yet been modest. The attempt to integrate the newly dis- covered study area with previous research which focused on the use of television entertainment programs such as different series and films in language learning resulted in the master’s thesis investigating the semantic content of the soap genre, i.e. analyzing vocabulary diversity in a series of episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful. If until now most studies of television texts have focused on differ- ent narratives, the language of advertisements, dominant discourses such as politi- cal, scientific and feminist discourses, then the aim of the present paper is to unfold some of the possible ways to examine the genre relying on...

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