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From problematic object to routine ‘add-on’: Dealing with e-mails in radio phone-ins
Thornborrow,Joanna; Fitzgerald,Richard
Source PublicationDiscourse Studies

This article investigates the new phenomenon of e-mailed questions to a radio phone-in programme, BBC Radio 4's ‘Election Call’. Our interest in this phenomenon arose for several reasons. First, as a new form, e-mails were singled out at the beginning of each broadcast for special instructions to listeners, although there was evidence that as the series progressed, dealing with e-mail became more of a routine event in each subsequent programme. Second, on listening to the Election Call broadcasts, the sequential introduction of an e-mail question appeared to be problematic for the host (Peter Sissons). First mentions of e-mailed questions were often subject to a noticeable amount of disfluency and repair work, in contrast to the well-rehearsed and highly routine introduction of callers' questions. Third, we are interested in the function of e-mail questions in terms of how they are handled by the host and guest. Are they given the same status as a ‘call’, and if not, where do the differences lie? In our analysis we show how the introduction of this new media form into a well-established context opens up new structural possibilities for both host as interviewer and politician as interviewee, in terms of how questions get framed, and how they get responded to. © 2002, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

KeywordE-mail Political Discourse Questions Radio Phone-ins
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Corresponding AuthorThornborrow,Joanna; Fitzgerald,Richard
AffiliationCardiff University, United Kingdom
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Thornborrow,Joanna,Fitzgerald,Richard. From problematic object to routine ‘add-on’: Dealing with e-mails in radio phone-ins[J]. Discourse Studies,2017,4(2):201-223.
APA Thornborrow,Joanna,&Fitzgerald,Richard.(2017).From problematic object to routine ‘add-on’: Dealing with e-mails in radio phone-ins.Discourse Studies,4(2),201-223.
MLA Thornborrow,Joanna,et al."From problematic object to routine ‘add-on’: Dealing with e-mails in radio phone-ins".Discourse Studies 4.2(2017):201-223.
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