A Pragmatic Study of Gestural Strategies in English Sport TV Interviews

  • Zainab Mohammed Radhi University of Diyala, Iraq
  • Atyaf Hassan Ibrahim University of Diyala, Iraq
  • Liqaa Habeb Al-Obaydi University of Diyala, Iraq
Keywords: gestures,, pragmatics, sport tv interviews


Gestures  and  speech  are  significant  features  that  collaborate  to  create  meaning  in  an  interaction. The current study aims to investigate the use of these gestural strategies in English sport TV interviews. This study is based on the hypothesis that interlocutors in TV interviews employ various gesture strategies. The  selected  interviews  have  been  analyzed  in  the  light  of  an  eclectic  model  based  on  model  Kulkarni  (2013)  and  Searle  (1979). The former is used to analyze the various types of body movements and gesticulation, while the latter is used to analyze gestures as speech acts. The results of the selected interviews revealed that gestural strategies are closely tied to the context of situation. Each gesture performs a specific speech act. The interlocutors in sport interviews express their feelings and attitudes through gestures in an efficient manner. They  use  gestures  to  express  agreement, openness, sympathy, grief and  anxiety. In  sport  interviews,  the  interlocutors  use  gestures freely by  moving  their  hands,  arms,  heads,  and  every  other  part  of  their  bodies.


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How to Cite
Radhi, Z. M., Ibrahim, A. H., & Al-Obaydi, L. H. (2022). A Pragmatic Study of Gestural Strategies in English Sport TV Interviews. JELITA, 3(2), 109-128. https://doi.org/10.56185/jelita.v3i2.106