Expanding factors in threat to face assessing the toughness/equivocation connection in Japanese televised political interviews

Ofer Feldman, Ken Kinoshita

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    Abstract

    This paper details aspects related to the “face” – one’s social standing, reputation, and dignity – during interactions between interviewers and interviewees (both politicians and nonpoliticians) in more than 5,000 questions posed during three different broadcast interview programs aired throughout 2012–2013 in Japan. The interactions between interviewers and interviewees are also considered as a dialogic phenomenon in which interlocutors are actors who act and react. By examining the toughness of questions posed in these programs the paper explores their extent of threat to face of the interviewees and the facets associated with this threat, including features related to the interviewees themselves. The results indicate strong evidence of socio-cultural norms and values that affect interviewers’ relationship with politicians and other sources.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)336-359
    Number of pages24
    JournalLanguage and Dialogue
    Volume7
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

    Keywords

    • Japan
    • Media discourse
    • Political interviews
    • Television
    • Theory of Equivocation
    • Threats to face

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language
    • Literature and Literary Theory

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