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Manual of Romance Languages in the Media

Ed. by Bedijs, Kristina / Maaß, Christiane

Series:Manuals of Romance Linguistics 23

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7. Orality and Literacy in Cinema and Television

Bedijs, Kristina


This article first provides an overview about the general linguistic comprehension of orality and literacy. Romance and non-Romance concepts are discussed and put into perspective for research on audiovisual language. These notions are crucial for research on the authenticity of orality in the domain of television and movies. Authentic orality is only present in certain communicative settings, which differ in their ways of address (direct address towards the TV spectators vs. multiple address towards spectators and studio audience). In contrast, all fictional televised or cinematic genres feature fictitious orality, i.e., prescripted dialogue enacted in planned communicative settings. We propose ways to do research on language in audiovisual media, be it authentic or not. Moreover, we present possible fields of analysis together with existing publications, focusing mainly on French television and cinema. The notion of literacy in audiovisual media covers subtitles that have been added subsequently, or that are relevant for the understanding of the narration, as well as written elements playing a role in fictional or non-fictional film.

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Kristina Bedijs (2017). 7. Orality and Literacy in Cinema and Television. In Kristina Bedijs, Christiane Maaß (Eds.), Manual of Romance Languages in the Media (pp. 133–153). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755-008

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755

Online ISBN: 9783110314755

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