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

Exasperation and Incredulity!

This analysis shows how intonation can be used to mark the attitude in ones voice in order to convey exasperation and incredulity when asking questions in a political interview.

Conversation Analysis – BBC Question Time

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 1 | Part 2

Slips of the Tongue: Repair Procedures

We all make mistakes when speaking, but how do we go about correcting these mistakes? There is a very structured process for this.


How politicians can sometimes seem aloof and distant from the questions being asked. How does the language demonstrate this?

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?

The Cooperative Principle

Who wrote the Cooperative Principle? Paul Grice, right? But what happens when a conversational partner refuses to follow it? In this article a TV interview with a retired US General is analysed to show how conversation needs two to tango!

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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