Video clips useful for teaching

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

Simon Stewart (Southampton):

This clip from Friends features a nice pragmatic incongruity:

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The key sequence starts at 15 seconds and is a two turn exchange:

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Simon writes: “it is a hilarious example of doing rejection in a way that highlights doing a dispreferred response, but then deviates from it by offering an unwillingness account instead of an inability account.”


Uwe Küttner

Cherishable moment:

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Ruth Parry:

More clips useful for teaching, suggested by Adam Brandt (Newcastle-upon-Tyne):

One from Cade Bushnell (University of Tsukuba):

Another set of video clips useful for teaching language in interaction, this time from Edward Reynolds (University of New Hampshire):

Jenny Mandelbaum offers these videos that she and colleagues use in teaching CA at Rutgers:

Jenny adds that YouTube has a free downloader, called YTD Video Downloader, available at

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.

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