Volume 14, Issue 6
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This paper examines the role of assessments in the design of interviewees’ answers in news interviews settings on two Arabic networks. It employs a Conversation Analysis approach, in addition to quantitative analysis, to observe the most recurrent positions for emerging assessments in interviewees’ answers. In addition, it examines the role of these assessments in providing evasive answers to interviewers’ questions. The data consists of twenty-eight hours of recorded Arab news interviews from four shows: (Special Interview) and (Without Bounds) on Aljazeera and (Point of Order) and (Special Interview) on Al-Arabiya. The findings reveal that assessments emerge in recurrent positions in interviewees’ answers and play a role in their design. Likewise, they show the role of assessments in the design of evasive answers.


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