Edited By Anna Bączkowska
‘That was a bit daft though, wasn’t it?’ Strategic use of impoliteness in a post-match media interview (Kieran A. File)
Kieran A. File ‘That was a bit daft though, wasn’t it?’ Strategic use of impoliteness in a post-match media interview Abstract Post-match media interviews are typically characterised by polite and conciliatory exchanges between broadcast interviewers and professional sports players (File 2012). This chapter, however, focuses on a post-match interview in which the interviewer employs face-threatening elicitations. Taking account of the social context, including the match context and discourse co-text, the chapter explores possible reasons for this face-threatening attack. Ethnographic interview data, which includes the perceptions of the participants, is also used to warrant the interpretation. The ethnographic data suggests that impoliteness can be strategically employed as a discursive resource to achieve a more frank revealing post-match interview exchange. As well as contributing to our understanding of impoliteness in media contexts, this chapter also testifies to the value of ethnographic insights in studies of (im)politeness. Keywords: impoliteness, strategic impoliteness, media interviews, post-match interviews, ethnographic insights 1. Introduction In recent years, researchers, have begun to pay attention to linguistic and discursive characteristics of (im)politeness in media contexts, demonstrating that impoliteness can be a significant feature of the language used in media genres, and may even distinctively characterise particular media genres (Culpeper 2005). So why do we get impoliteness in media interaction? More specifically, why might a speaker choose to be impolite in a media speech event that is typically characterised by polite, rather than impolite, relational work? To address these issues, I focus on live televised post-match sports media...
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