The Language of Television

The Language of Television

The Language of Television

The Language of Television

Synopsis

The Intertext series has been specifically designed to meet the needs of contemporary English Language Studies. Working with Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis (2nd edn 2000) is the foundation text, which is complemented by a range of 'satellite' titles. These provide students with hands-on practical experience of textual analysis through special topics and can be used individually or in conjunction with Working with Texts. Aimed at A-Level beginning undergraduate students, The Language of Television: * provides an extensive history of British television* explores a range of genres, from breakfast news to soap operas and 'reality TV'* analyses television scheduling and listings* includes extracts from scripts of popular television programmes: Queer as Folk and The Royle Family * includes a substantial glossary.

Excerpt

This unit introduces the medium of television in its historical context and suggests ways in which we can begin to think of the whole medium as having a kind of 'grammar', a rule-governed set of conventions according to which it operates and by which we read or interpret it. One way in which television is offered and read is according to its schedules or programming, as both a vertical menu of programmes throughout the day and as a horizontal selection of programmes across channels, relating to the patterns of our daily lives. A further notion of the way in which television 'speaks' to us as a mediator of the wider world, as a kind of storyteller, is also discussed.

THE HISTORY OF BRITISH TELEVISION

Television broadcasting in Britain began in 1936 but it was suspended during the Second World War and not re-introduced until 1946. For nearly a decade television had only one station, the BBC (the British Broadcasting Corporation), but in 1954 Parliament created the commercially-funded Independent Television Authority, which ended the BBC's monopoly of British television.

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