Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2011;12(2):23-50.
Published online December 30, 2011.
Applying Conversation Analysis: Script-based Interactions in Movies as a Domain of Inquiry
hyun Kim Kyu
Abstract
This paper addresses the question of how conversation analysis (CA) can be applied to the study of script-based interactions in movies, considering the possibility of expanding the scope of research where CA can be applied to the performed interactions enacted through script-based (and thus non-naturally occurring) movie dialogues as potentially non-trivial target phenomena. On the basis of a sample analysis of movie scripts, it is suggested that applying CA to the scripted interactions in movies brings us analytical payoffs by way of illuminating the sequential structure through which actions and practices are produced by the characters' performed interactions which, in many respects, display affinity with naturally occurring interactions. The findings suggest that, from the perspective of applied linguistics, applying CA to the analysis of scripted interactions in movies promises pedagogical payoffs in terms of furnishing us with methodical grounds for designing pedagogical activities geared to sensitizing the learners to various sequence-organizational aspects of authentic English.
Key Words: conversation analysis (CA);movies;script-based interactions;sequences;pre-sequences;story prefaces;actions;authentic
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