10-second review: Language of TV consists of short, simple sentences and largely unsophisticated language structures.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of Literature and the Teaching of Writing.” DJ Dieterich and RH Behm. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1984), 201-218.
Quote: “An examination of the language used in eight TV programs popular with teenagers indicates that viewers are exposed to short, simple sentences and largely unsophisticated language structures.” M Lieberman, 1983, 203.
So what? Popular TV is not going to help students expand their vocabularies. Might be interesting to study the vocabulary expansion capabilities of different genres on TV—local and national news, documentaries, talk shows, etc. RayS.