Determinants of Turn-Taking in Nigerian Television Talk Shows

Olutayo Omolara Grace


Previous researches on media studies in Nigeria have not given the language of television discourse adequate attention.The print media seem to have had more admirers than the broadcast media. This paper therefore attempts to fill this gapby examining natural conversations in television discourse. It investigates the determinants of turn-taking patterns inNigerian television (TV) talk shows. Three popular Nigerian TV talk shows were purposively selected for the study;four episodes bothering on different topics were selected from each talk show and recorded on video cassettes via thetelevision. Our findings revealed seven main determinants of patterns and features of turn-taking namely: discoursetopic, duration of the programme, composition of the guests/participants, culture, social status, gender and thepersonality of the hosts. These revealed the nature of the show and participation, floor occupation, sharedunderstanding, turn quantification and emotiveness.

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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