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Data session: 7th February, Hans-Joachim Belz, Interactional projects in journalistic interviews: Eliciting statements and managing opposition

February 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm GMT

DARG will run at 13:00-14:30 UK time as a hybrid data session. Room B124 (Brockington Building, Loughborough) or on zoom: password: DARG.

Session details:  In this session we will analyze an excerpt from an interview from November 2018 between Elon Musk, then the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and tech journalist Kara Swisher. The interview takes place on the background of Donald Trump’s populist presidency and a growing notoriety of Musk’s own tweets on Twitter. Swisher is known for her critical, at times confrontational interview style. During the excerpt the two participants discuss Musk’s relationship to the press, his followers and factuality. Particular focus will be on the conversational projects of the two participants and how they go about achieving their goals. Of interest is also how Swisher manages her role as interviewer in the conflict between confronting the interviewee and at the same time maintaining his cooperation. On a more “mechanical” level it will be interesting to look at what role disfluencies play in the interaction and how disapproval is expressed. 

Transcript: “Not all of them”


February 7
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm GMT




Brockington Building, B124 and online
Brockington Building, Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU United Kingdom