Style, Mediation, and Change: Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Talking Media

ISBN : 9780190629489

Nikolas Coupland; Jacob Thogersen; Janus Mortensen
280 ページ
156 x 235 mm
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

When talk circulates through technological media - through television or radio and through the activities they support, like the dissemination of news, product advertising or entertainment - it takes on distinctive characteristics, functions and styles. The talking media have developed their own ways of styling individuals (often as celebrities of different types, but also as 'ordinary people'), and ways of styling relationships (such as constructing informality or trust or authority). Media also style their own ways of communicating (how to read the news, how to conduct interviews, how to entertain or educate others, and so on). Media invest heavily in style and styling, drawing on semiotic modes well beyond speech itself. 'Style' therefore needs to be theorised carefully in sociolinguistics and neighbouring disciplines. Episodes and fragments of mediated styles commonly take on new lives when they are re-circulated via interactive 'new' media platforms. Style therefore points to both stability, where ways of speaking and ways of being have become culturally familiar, and to instability, in the talking media's persistent dynamic reworking of stylistic norms. This book explores a wide range of normative structures and creative media processes of this sort, in many different national contexts and in different languages. The globalised world is already massively mediatised - what we know about language, people and society is necessarily shaped through our engagement with media. But talking media are caught up in wider currents of rapid change too. Creative innovations in media styling can heighten our reflexive awareness, but they can also unsettle our existing understandings of language-society relations. In reporting new investigations by expert researchers, situated in relation to relevant theory, the book gives an original and timely account of how style, media and change need to be integrated further to advance the discipline of sociolinguistics.


Preface and acknowledgements
1. Introduction: Conceptualising Style, Mediation, and Change
Janus Mortensen, Nikolas Coupland and Jacob Thogersen

Part 1: Sociopolitical Change and the Emergence of New Styles and Genres
2. Style, Sociolinguistic Change and Political Broadcasting: The Case of the Spanish
News Show Salvados
Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
3. Radio Talk, Pranks and Multilingualism: Styling Greek Identities at a Time of Crisis
Tereza Spilioti
4. Styling Syncretic Bilingualism on Welsh-language TV: Madamrygbi
Nikolas Coupland

Part 2: The Business of Style: The Style of Business
5. Brand Styling, Enregisterment, and Change: The Case of C'est Cidre
Helen Kelly-Holmes
6. (Re-)circulating Popular Television: Audience Engagement and Corporate Practices:
With Special Focus on The Big Bang Theory
Monika Bednarek

Part 3: The Art of Mediated Style: Blurring the Boundaries between 'Ordinary' and 'Elite'
7. Styling the 'Ordinary': Tele-factual Genres and Participant Identities
Joanna Thornborrow
8. Art on Television: Television as Art
Adam Jaworski

Part 4: Styles of Technologically Mediated Talk: What's New Anyway?
9. Talking for Fun and Talking in Earnest: Two Styles of Mediated Broadcast Talk
Martin Montgomery
10. The Meaning of Manner: Change and Continuity in the Vocal Style of News Reading and Information Announcements
Theo van Leeuwen

Part 5: Postscripts and Prospects
11. Style, Change, and Media: A Postscript
Jannis Androutsopoulos
12. Style as a Unifying Perspective for the Sociolinguistics of Talking Media
Nikolas Coupland and Janus Mortensen


Janus Mortensen is Associate Professor at the Center for Internationalization and Parallel Language Use (CIP) at the University of Copenhagen. He is a founding member of the Research Centre for Cultural and Linguistic practices in the International University (CALPIU, Roskilde University), and co-editor of Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, the journal of the Linguistic Circle of Copenhagen.; Nikolas Coupland is Emeritus Professor, Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, Wales and Honorary Professor, Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen University, Denmark. He is an elected Fellow of both the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was founding editor, with Allan Bell, of the Journal of Sociolinguistics.; Jacob Thogersen is Associate Professor at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics the University of Copenhagen. He has previously held positions at the LANCHART Research Center (working on the LARM audio research archive), Center for Internationalization and Parallel Language Use (CIP), both University of Copenhagen, as well as the University of Iceland and the Danish Language Council.