Tactics of Verbal Defense Strategy in Youth Discourse and Their Representation in Modern Talk Shows

  •  Zhazira Bekzhanova    
  •  Ryssaldy Kussain Tinisbaevich    


The article analyzes youth discourse and its social features in popular TV genre talk show. Each participant of the show has his/her own function and definite part prepared by the authors. According to the talk show analysis, it was defined that participants of this age group are mostly presented as victims of any case, as accused people who are discussed by public, criticized by experts and audience. Thus, in most cases the youth follow the communication strategy of verbal defense, and particularly interdefense of the members of their own peer-group. The strategy shows inner solidarity and intimacy which connect the youth and are obvious in their speech. As a result, we have defined precise four tactics of the communication strategy of verbal defense: a tactic of praising a discredited person, a tactic of opposing the accusation, a tactic of transmitting of accusation to other parties, and a tactic of counter-accusation. All the situations are presented as very close to real-life situations of youth discourse in intra-dimension level when youngsters interact with the representatives of other age groups. There have been given several extract from popular talk shows in Kazakh, Russian and English which prove the hypothesis that youth discourse is characterized by the same communication strategies and tactics. These peculiarities do not depend on nationalities or ethnic groups the participants belong to.

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