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Scaling as an argumentative resource in television talk shows

Title
Scaling as an argumentative resource in television talk shows
Authors
Lee, Josephine
Ewha Authors
Josephine Lee(이미진)
SCOPUS Author ID
Josephine Leescopus
Issue Date
2019
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF PRAGMATICS
ISSN
0378-2166JCR Link

1879-1387JCR Link
Citation
JOURNAL OF PRAGMATICS vol. 150, pp. 133 - 149
Keywords
RegradingScalingTelevisionTalk showKoreanArgumentative discourseHumorEntertainment
Publisher
ELSEVIER
Indexed
SSCI; AHCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This study examines scaling as a resource in Korean television talk shows, and specifically the moment-by-moment sequential implications that scaling has for challenging and defending one's argument. The data are from a weekly Korean talk show, "Non-Summit," wherein a panel of non-Korean men debate controversial topics and Korean culture. Focusing on argumentative sequences, the analysis shows how participants upgrade and downgrade the previous speaker's formulations to register a qualification, proffer a counter-challenge, and construct one's own unchallengeable argument. These scaling practices consist of participants producing numerical scales and hyperbolic formulations, as well as arranging seemingly unrelated items into a scalar relationship that is only deducible by its sequential context. It is through such interactionally constructed scales that participants concurrently manage disaffiliation with the prior turn and maximize preference for an affiliative response. By challenging an interlocutor and making that person the target of collective tease, the participants not only perform argumentative operations on the talk but also secure opportunities for viewer entertainment. This analysis further nuances the situated, indexical, and co-constructed properties of scaling - as an observably relevant resource that shapes the sequential unfolding of televisual interaction. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DOI
10.1016/j.pragma.2018.10.002
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