Prompted by a suggestion made by Tim Halkowski (Wisconsin) Ruth Parry (Nottingham) and other colleagues, here’s a list of clips from TV shows and so on that might be used to help get across language-in-interaction concepts to students. More recent suggestions nearer the top. More always welcome (send to me at c.antaki@Lboro.ac.uk).
- I use this Big Bang Theory clip for teaching Indirect Speech Acts: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhv1dOae9MU>
- Another Big Bang Theory clip: this is good for teaching a plethora of phenomena (action interpretation, ISAs, relevance, etc.):<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCc9nyxqR44&feature=youtu.be>
Sheldon: Knocks on Leonard’s door
Leonard: What is it?
Sheldon: I made tea?
Leonard: I don’t want tea
Sheldon: I didn’t make tea for you… this is my tea.
- And here see 02:20 et seq. in this for prompting/asking telling questions vs. Requests for information <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYiDfx9838&feature=youtu.be>
- And in a more scholarly vein, this is a pretty good intro to the different types of Gricean implicature: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD82l_bUhLc&feature=youtu.be>
- The hedge sketch – for sequencing
- Curb your Enthusiasm Chat and cut – for queueing behaviour and social norms, and of course Larry’s rudeness
- Green Wing Sue White and her completely deviant interactional practice (buzzer) for indicating dispreferredness
- Medical students’ spoof on communication skills – overdone ‘open questioning’ and more
More clips useful for teaching, suggested by Adam Brandt (Newcastle-upon-Tyne):
- Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm are absolute treasure troves of this kind of thing. The most famous example probably being the ‘close talker’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGVSIkEi3mM
- But there are fleeting moments any time Larry David and/or Jerry Seinfeld are on screen. I love this tiny example, from 5:30-5:35 (this is unscripted): http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/larry-david-larry-eats-a-pancake
- And there is also this, from Family Guy, which I like, on delayed recipiency and pursuing responses…: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNkp4QF3we8
One from Cade Bushnell (University of Tsukuba):
- Here’s a favorite from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” I’ve been using this to teach about pre-sequencing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr0418Ozjt4
Another set of video clips useful for teaching language in interaction, this time from Edward Reynolds (University of New Hampshire):
- I use this one for participation frameworks/eye contact https://vimeo.com/85448261
- It’s not a video but the ‘hide your pain Harold’ meme works well for expression/smiling http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/hide-the-pain-harold
- I use this one for second turn proof procedure, it’s also naturalistic. From 0:36 onward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXGXxAnYDMc
- I use this one for emblematic v’s deictic gesture (it’s also good for Goffman) from the old faithful seinfeld https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahLEaVzBMuQ
- And one of a plethora of possibilities from Borat for intersubjectivity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKcWtvEzdR8 (but ensure you stop it before the racism starts at about 3:40)
Jenny Mandelbaum offers these videos that she and colleagues use in teaching CA at Rutgers:
- The first part of this sketch from Monty Python about remedial help for having your sentences completed by others is great for introducing turn-taking, tcus, projectability, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_cRP6MhM8k
- Another Monty Python sketch, The Great Debate, is a nice way to introduce/discuss TCUs and speech exchange systems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gULNoATVT1I
- This sketch from The Whitest Kids U’ Know, called The New Thing, leads to great discussions about sequence organization, conditional relevance and adjacency pairs (although some find it a little violent…) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpSeMIE361g
- This scene from Friends is useful for talking about apologies and what kinds of responses they might make relevant: (Minutes 1:36-2:45) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHTrX6milno
Jenny adds that YouTube has a free downloader, called YTD Video Downloader, available at http://download.cnet.com/YTD-Video-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html
My own favourites:
- Emily Hofstetter has two lively and highly accessible tutorials on her CA youtube channel: on repair and on response relevance.
- More comedy routines: this (rather ancient) one from the British comedy duo Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker (both now deceased), is useful for illustrating the power of Grice’s maxim of relevance.