American Animated Series: Analysis of Family Conversations

Tsapro, Galyna and Sliepushova, Anhelina (2022) American Animated Series: Analysis of Family Conversations Актуальні питання гуманітарних наук: міжвузівський збірник наукових праць молодих вчених Дрогобицького державного педагогічного університету імені Івана Франка, 2 (58). pp. 232-238. ISSN 2308-4855

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Family discourse represents communicative interaction among family members. An individual communication style of each family member in its turn is represented through his or her idiolect. Children’s communication style is formed under the influence of their parents’ communication behavior and family’s core values, which is reflected in the familect, which is interpreted not only as specific vocabulary family members use, but also as a specific communication mode of the whole family. The animated series – F is for Family – depicting a middle-class American family, pictures stereotypical dialogues in the family environment. Corpora of the animated series have been created, processed and interpreted in order to outline main characters’ idiolects and familect of the family. Idiolects of the parents in F is for Family have been studied paying particular attention to collocations with I, which illustrate the characters’ position in the family and their attitude to other family members. Sue’s idiolect portrays her as a caring mother and Sue’s necessity to work to provide the family, while Frank’s idiolect demonstrates the usage of swearing words in talks with his family, which does not add any masculine features to his portrait while he tries to preserve his place as the head of the family. The analysis of the Murphies’ familect displays the frequency of low-flown vocabulary produced by the father and its distribution in family dialogues. The daughter’s name Maureen is on the second position and she proves to be the only member in the family to whom the father uses kind and soft words. The father, however, cannot accept his daughter’s progressive views and asks her to stick to ‘girl stuff’. However, Kevin, the son, seems to copy father’s communication style as his speech is characterized with swear words and he acquires an aggressive manner in communication behavior. The Murphies’ familect is mostly built on the husband/wife dialogues as children appear less often compared to parents in animated series for adults.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: familect; idiolect; family discourse; corpus analysis; F is for Family.
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Факультет романо-германської філології > Кафедра англійської мови та комунікації
Depositing User: Ангеліна Ігорівна Слєпушова
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 12:34
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 12:34

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