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‘You are stupid, you are cupid’: playful polyphony as a resource for affectionate expression in the talk of a young London couple

Pichler, Pia. 2017. ‘You are stupid, you are cupid’: playful polyphony as a resource for affectionate expression in the talk of a young London couple. Gender and Language, 11(2), pp. 153-175. ISSN 1747-6321 [Article]

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Whereas language and gender studies’ explorations of couples’ talk have tended to focus on collaborative vs competitive conversational style, social psychological work on couples’ intimate relationships has long been driven by an interest in expressions of affection. This paper aims to show that linguistic discourse analysis can make a significant contribution to our understanding of how affection is expressed in intimate relationships. The paper focuses on the playful switching of frames, voices, codes and personas which emerges as central to the affectionate practice in the spontaneous talk of a young multi-cultural London couple. It argues that quantitative interview studies based on an a-priori understanding of affection are unable to capture many of the idiosyncratic and creative ways in which speakers express their affection for one another in their intimate talk.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.25586

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
2017Published

Item ID:

17206

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2016 22:22

Last Modified:

16 Jan 2018 12:12

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17206

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