TV Discourse, Grammaticality, and Language Awareness

Faculty/Professorship: English and Historical Linguistics  
Author(s): Werner, Valentin  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 1-23
Source/Other editions: Teaching English as a second or foreign language : TESL-EJ 24 (2020) 3, S. 1-23. - ISSN: 1072-4303
Year of first publication: 2020
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.20378/irb-49030
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-490304
English-language, and especially US-American TV series have been identified as a major point of contact with the target language for learners of English as a Foreign Language, and the discourse represented there constitutes authentic material that is easily accessible. While the potential of using TV discourse in language education has been widely recognized for aspects such as listening comprehension and vocabulary development, the area of grammar has remained less well investigated. This may be due to the fact that TV discourse, which regularly aims to approximate spoken usage, stereotypically has been associated with “ungrammatical” content in terms of highly informal and non-standard usage. The present study explores sections of the TV Corpus to assess the actual presence of such usage (e.g. hedges like sort of, ain’t as a negator, double comparatives, etc.). From a language-educational perspective, it is suggested that TV discourse is well suited to illustrate different kinds of grammaticality and appropriateness in specific registers in a contextualized manner, with a particular view on informal spoken usage, a topic commonly considered underrepresented in language-pedagogical practice. It is further argued that grammaticality and appropriateness may differ across varieties of English as represented in TV discourse and that engaging with these issues will help to raise students’ language awareness.
GND Keywords: Englisch ; Grammatik ; Fremdsprachenlernen ; Fernsehsendung
Keywords: TV discourse, telecinematic language, language awareness, grammaticality, appropriateness, pop culture
DDC Classification: 420 English  
RVK Classification: HD 178   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 11. January 2021

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