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Flouting the maxims in scripted speech: An analysis of flouting the maxims of conversation in the television series Firefly
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Brott mot maximer i manusförfattade samtal : En analys av brott mot konversationsmaximerna i TV-serien Firefly (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Although conversations in television shows are supposed to mimic and represent everyday natural speech, they are written for a specific purpose. The aim of this paper is to find out what maxims are flouted the most in the television series Firefly and analyse what the effects of these flouts are. Presented here is an analysis of how scripted conversation in the aforementioned television show is constructed. By applying Grice's cooperative principle and his theories on flouting and implicatures, certain patterns emerge that show recurring uses of flouts for specific effects. The results are based on a study of three episodes of the television series Firefly. The results show that the maxim of quality is flouted the most and that the distribution of flouts between characters is somewhat uneven. This suggests that the use of flouts has to do with the personalities of the different characters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
conversational maxims, cooperative principle, H.P. Grice, flouting, implicature
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38455OAI: diva2:872861
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2015-11-20 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved

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