Quote of the week

“HS2, we’re probably too pregnant to pull out.”

Tracy Brabin, 23rd May 2019 (BBC QT)

 

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Conversation Analysis – BBC Question Time (part 1)

Editor: The BBC’s Question Time programme on Thursday nights seems to court controversy these days as we hold it to ever more stringent impartiality standards. In this blog, Elena Ioannidou dissects the discourse that this programme produces from a CA perspective. The blog is split into two parts. Part two is here.

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Quote of the week

“If you now try to hold us in against our will you will be facing perfidious Albion on speed.”

Mark Francois, 10th April 2019

 

Quote of the week

Reporter: How long is an long extension, please?

Juncker: Until the very end.

Jean Claude Juncker, 21st March 2019

 

Quote of the week

“I believe that all fish should be in the sea.”

Benjamin Zephaniah, BBC Question Time, 29th November 2018

 

Slip of the Tongue

Slips of the tongue that involve word substitution always seem to get the biggest laughs. Here Jeremy Hunt, the new Foreign Secretary, mistakenly refers to his wife as Japanese when she is in fact Chinese. The humour in this slip was obvious to the audience of Chinese dignitaries during a visit by Hunt to Beijing to discuss post-Brexit trade talks.

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a/the Single Market

It seems strange that two of the smallest and most commonest words in the English dictionary could cause confusion between interviewer and interviewee but that is what ‘a’ and ‘the’ seemed to do on Sunday when Andrew Marr interviewed James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on the BBC.

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