Communicative and linguistic features of reality show interactions: A case study of Love Island UK

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Reality television is a rapidly evolving format of TV pop culture, which has become a resounding commercial success. This study examines one season of the reality show Love Island UK, first from the perspective of the communicative context, looking at direct/indirect, synchronous/asynchronous, explicit/implicit, performed/natural, as well as private/public aspects of communication between the contestants, audiences and producers. It also considers the language of interactions in order to determine whether the complexity of communicative context of the show is reflected in the linguistic features of the contestants’ speech. The study employs a corpus approach combining quantitative and qualitative analysis of keywords, concordance lines and n-grams. It demonstrates the specificity of language and style in reality
show exchanges, which, even though appearing natural, have significant departures from natural unprepared speech. The use of corpus methods emphasizes the potential afforded by corpus studies not only for the linguistic analysis of telecinematic material, but also for
studies of the language of such hybrid genres as reality shows which have become an intrinsic part of modern pop culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStylistic Approaches to Pop Culture
EditorsChristoph Schubert, Valentin Werner
ISBN (Print)9780367707309
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Rhetoric and Stylistics


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