Jeremy Corbyn got a little ‘tetchy’ in his interview with Jackie Long on Channel 4 news yesterday. Corbyn seems to have these moments when being interviewed on national TV particularly when he is running for a leadership contest. Here he is sparring with Krishnan Guru-Murthy in 2015 when he was first running for the Labour leadership.
Two CA transcripts are provided below to illustrate the nature of discourse and the negotiation of the floor by the participants – JC (Corbyn) and IN (Jackie Long):
Example (1) IN: they want less immigration JC: I would urge people to think (.) carefully about the numbers of people that work in our education system and our health service IN: but you’re not [listening to (me) JC: [actually >wait a minute I am listening< (.) if you’d let me ↗finish ... Example(2) JC: I launched the Shami Chakrabarti inquiry into allegations of anti-Semitism and racism within the party= IN: =and there are many questions about that today with talk that she [may (get)a labour peerage JC: [well can I finish ↗please (.) can I finish the ↗answer (.) she produced a very substantial ...
Note in both examples the overlap in turn indicated by the [ symbol. Corbyn wrestles back the floor from the interviewer with these overlaps. The rising intonation on some of his turns indicates his slightly angry tone of voice.
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