Světla Čmejrková, Jana Hoffmannová
Intertextuality and its role in the positioning of talk show participants
A B S T R A C T
The paper examines the discourse of the Czech weekly talk show Uvolněte se, prosím (Relax, please). For this purpose, we have chosen an interview of the moderator Jan Kraus with the former chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Czech Republic, Jiří Paroubek, who was invited into the studio on the occasion of his appointment as prime minister in 2005. The analysis focuses on the polyphony of voices arising in the talk show and on the intertextual techniques used in the process of positioning the guest, as well as the self-positioning of the moderator. The interview is thus analyzed as an intertext built upon other texts, which are both external and internal to the current speech situation. The host’s practices employ allusions to the voices coming from “outside”, i.e. through the introduction of quotations of the voices of third parties and the guest’s prior words, as well as responses to the voices heard “inside” the current interaction, i.e. the host echoes the guest’s utterances and moreover, assumes the guest’s voice, positioning the prime minister mostly in an unfavorable, but humorous manner. The guest’s work with these voices is also traced.
Key words: political discourse, intertextuality, talk show, polyphony, irony, parody
Klíčová slova: politický diskurz, intertextualita, talk show, polyfonie, ironie, parodie
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