Friends Linguistic Research

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''Linguistic research on television dialogue in the sitcom Friends'' This article will be regarding the reasearch on the language of a popular American television situation comedy Friends. Not only is this series interesting for this type of research because of its television dialogue which closely resembles natural conversation, but also because of the various terms and phrases the show popularized over the years. ABOUT ''FRIENDS'' The show premiered in the fall of 1994 and it lasted ten seasons. It revolves around a group of six friends living in Manhattan. The show starts as Rachel Green flees her wedding day and comes to Manhattan looking for her childhood friend Monica Geller. As Rachel moves in with Monica,…show more content…
The show Friends has produced many neologisms over the ten years that it was filmed and in more ways than one. First, we will look at the neologisms that were created by the combination of two nouns where usually the first noun acts as a modifier for the second noun. This kind of ''joining two separate words to produce a single form is called compounding'' (Yule 54) Example 1: Chandler: All right, there, mother-kisser? (Season 1, Episode 11) Chandler uses the neologism mother-kisser when he was talking to Ross after Ross had kissed Chandler's mother. This combination of two words resembles another word of profanity which adds even more humour to it. Example 2: Rachel: Oh. Weather bitch. (Season 9, Episodes 23 & 24) Here is an another example of a funny combination of two nouns in order to mock another person. Example 3: Rachel: Oh, I guess it would be different if I were with somebody. Ross: Whoa, what happened to, uh, ''Forget relationships. I'm done with men.'' The whole, uh, penis embargo? (Season 1, Episode 19) This example shows us a funny neologism that Ross produced in order to refer to Rachel's decision to not date anybody and be single for a

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