Age-Based Investigation of Disruptive Interruption in TV Shows

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Omar Hazim Yaseen, Prof. Amthal Mohammed Abbas


People communicate effectively and continuously in daily life, and this communication process occurs between two speakers or more.  Therefore, these speakers must be aware of interaction rules since it is the essential aspects of society. Usually, when someone is speaking, the listener should be listening not to break down communication rules. The listener can take a turn and start speaking when the main speaker finishes his speech and allow him/ her to speak, and this is called turn-taking. On the contrary, if the listener starts speaking before the main speaker finishes his/her speech, he/she violates the turn-taking rule. Generally, this is called the phenomenon of interruption, which takes place when the violation of turn-taking rules occurs. In other words, the listener interrupts the main speaker to take his/her turn speaking. Specifically, disruptive interruption is one of the primary purposes of interruption when the listener interrupts the speaker to show disagreement, change the topic, take the floor, or tangentialize.
The current study seeks to examine disruptive interruption according to age in live TV shows. These two factors are chosen as they are in terms of their compatibility with the current study. However, to analyze disruptive interruption according to age, this study adopts a model, uses descriptive qualitative method, and randomly selected two English-language-based live TV shows. Besides, this study selected five episodes for each TV show to get accurate results and examine disruptive interruption appropriately. Each episode was watched and listened to more than two times and then read the transcription precisely. Finally, the findings of this study indicate that, according to age, mature people use disruptive interruption more than other age classes.

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