The main articles available on this weblog are listed below in reverse chronological order. Click on the title to go to the article.

Pausing as a marker of equivocation intentions

Can the length of pause between question and answers in an interview give away the intentions of the interviewee?


A series of articles on equivocation and face management by Jessica Bott, Coventry University | Equivocation 1 | Equivocation 2Paxman’s Interview Technique | Face management

The language of U-turns

How did Michael Gove account for his change of mind in running for the Conservative party leadership?

Slip squared!

A look at how slips of the tongue sometimes occur when speaking and the repair procedure.

Order Order!

A phonological analysis of some of the articulations of “Order order!” by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Grayling’s Grilling

A CA analysis of a political interview illustrating the use of conflictual questions and equivocation.


A look at how politicians in the House of Commons use hesitation as a strategic device.

Revealing ‘ah’ in PMQs

A look at how members of the chamber in the House of Commons can use a particular background comment as a rhetorical device in support of the current speaker during PMQs.

Interruptions at Prime Minister’s Questions

This article lists and discusses the various background noises used by the members of the chamber during PMQs as support for the current speaker.


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