8.2.3 Non-engrossed Recipients

It is of note that of the sixty-six accredited utterances in this exchange only two come from LL. (She does, however, contribute more in other sections of the show.) Certain aspects of her behaviour raise questions: at one point (not in the section under review) she is seen slumped in her chair with her head tilted back seemingly staring at the ceiling; her contributions are usually made at high volume with slightly slurred speech; shots of her face show her to be noticeably glassy-eyed. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that LL is inebriated. This is not a rarity in shows of this kind, as some guests have too much to drink in the Green Room beforehand. It is difficult to be sure, therefore, what precisely her lack of participation in this particular extract is due to. Her leading role in the discussion shortly after this suggests that her ‘non-engrossed’ attitude here could be due to lack of interest in the political microtopic. Evidence for this is that after 95 there is a cursory discussion of feminism before LL asks, ‘Why have we got off sex?’ and then steers the talk back to newspapers’ sexual gossip, a topic about which she is voluble. Whatever the reasons may be, in the stretch of talk being analysed she is clearly not engrossed and this means she is largely absent from much of this analysis.


8 Humour in Context: The Thatcher Joke>

8.2 The Discussants>

8.2.1 Different Competence In A Domain Of Discourse>

8.2.2 Assessing Competence In The Details Of Talk>

8.2.3 Non-engrossed Recipients

8.2.4 Heterogeneity Of The On-Stage Audience>

8.2.5 Audience Interpretation Of The Story>

8.2.6 Reconstituting The On-Stage Audience>