- 人間文化論叢 (ISSN:13448013)
- vol.9, pp.245-254, 2006
This paper aims to describe the discourse structure of a radio advice program called "Telephone JINSEI SODAN" and the role its emcee plays in the program. Each episode of this long-running call-in show involves an adviser, an advisee and an emcee and centers on the advisee's problem. The 20-minute program can be divided into 5 phases. I. Opening remarks ; the emcee and the advisee exchange greetings and the advisee acknowledges the opportunity to gain useful information ; II. Unfolding the problem ; utilizing a Q-A format, the emcee induces the advisee to describe his/her problem. The emcee then makes the gist of the issue and introduces the adviser over the phone ; III. Advising ; the adviser counsels the advisee on what to do ; IV. Summarizing ; the emcee intervenes and wraps up the previous advice-giving ; V. Closing remarks: the emcee and the adviser greet each other and the advisee expresses his/her gratitude again. The emcee takes part in Phases I, II, IV and V but not in Phase III. As a program host, the emcee uses discourse markers that facilitate a shift from one phase to the next. Such discourse markers\include "ja", "de", and "hai".