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AN INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS OF HYPERBOLES IN A BRITISH TV SERIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR EFL CLASSES

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Author(s): OLCAY SERT

Journal: Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
ISSN 1743-159X

Volume: 5;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Hyperbole | TV series | corpora | EFL classes | communicative competence

ABSTRACT
This paper, part of an ongoing study on the analysis of hyperboles in a British TV series, reports findings drawing upon a 90,000 word corpus. The findings are compared to the ones from CANCODE (McCarthy and Carter 2004), a five-million word corpus of spontaneous speech, in order to identify similarities between the two. The analysis showed that TV series can be a useful tool for EFL learners when accompanied by explicit instruction in order to enhance communicative competence, and can be used to teach hyperbolic lexical items specifically. A sample lesson plan is also given for practical use in classrooms.

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