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A Study of Conflict Talk of Contemporary Adults in American Sitcoms

Author CaiQin
Tutor SunNaiLing
School Lanzhou University of Technology
Course Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Keywords conflict talk American adults conversation analysis turn
CLC H313
Type Master's thesis
Year 2010
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Conflict is an interactive behavior that exists everywhere in social activities of human at all levels. Conflict talk is the reflection of conflict in conversation. It is a kind of speech act that happens everywhere in daily social interactions. It is perplexing and hence often mistakenly interpreted due to its complexity. For example, people negatively view it since they consider it as a hostile, destructive aggression. However there are always two sides in conflict talk. If it is properly handled, constructive effects may arise, and vice versa. Conflict talk is very common though the reasons for it are complicated.Since 1970’s conflict talk, as an important research topic in the field of discourse analysis, has been focused by more and more linguists. They have made fruitful achievements and great contributions to the study of conflict talk. Compared with the studies carried out abroad, the domestic ones are much later with fewer empirical researches.This thesis is a discourse analytic study attempting to probe into conflict talk between American adults in casual settings from an etic perspective. It is within the framework of conversation analysis with massive data collected from some popular American sitcoms. In order to find out how conflict talk is constructed and by what mechanism conflict talk is driven, some recurrent formats are identified first. After that quantitative methodology is used to demonstrate the frequency of each format. Through quantitative analysis and qualitative analysis, the author intends to find some regular rules followed by American adults managing conflict talk in casual settings and explain them.

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