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Post-match interviews around the world: accounting for variation in interviewing styles in the United Kingdom and Oceania

Organizer: Dr. Inke Du Bois & Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies
Location: online
Start Time: 06. July 2022, 16:00
End Time: 06. July 2022, 18:00

Dr. Kieran File, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick/UK

The post-match interview is a globally employed media interview genre that is a commonplace element in the broadcasting of high-performance sporting fixtures. In post-match interviews, professional athletes, coaches and managers are invited to emotionally and analytically reflect on a recently completed game for the benefit of a local and sometimes global audience of sports fans. However, is the post-match interview carried out in the same fashion across the world? Do interviewers, in particular, exhibit similar approaches to the task of interviewing sports stars in different geographical locations? And, importantly, if there are differences, how might help to account for them? In this study I address these questions by sharing results from a regional variation analysis of the way interviewers in the United Kingdom and Oceania, specifically New Zealand and Australia, perform their interviewer role in the post-match interview. In particular, I draw attention to differences in the typical syntactic realisation of interviewer questions (i.e. wh-questions, y/n interrogatives, queclaratives) and consider the implications of these choices for the interpersonal tenor of the post-match interview in these two regions. In accounting for the variation observed, I turn to the wider social context and consider differences in journalistic ideology, the status and accountability of professional athletes and language policies by television broadcasters regarding who should conduct these interviews as possible explanatory factors for the differences observed in these two regions.

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