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Language of speechThis essay will be analysing the conversation, which is an extract from an interview that was conducted on television by Michael Parkinson with the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly.

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Assignment: Language of speech This essay will be analysing the conversation, which is an extract from an interview that was conducted on television by Michael Parkinson with the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. I will be looking at how the context affects the conversation. The relationship between the speakers. Their attitudes to each other and the subject of the conversation and the features of spontaneous speech. The first thing that must be noticed is that this extract in taken from somewhere in the middle of the interview. There is no introduction or exchange of greetings. There is no winding down or finish either. There is a definite regularity to the turn taking. Parkinson then Connolly and so on. There is an imbalance of power, the interviewee can take charge, elaborate and sidetrack. ...read more.

Middle

There is a seemingly high level of spontaneous 'banter' which gives it a more relaxed friendly feel. There is less emphasis on interviewing and more on the relationship between Parkinson and Connolly which at times seems very familiar. This is prime time viewing and as such it must be entertaining. Billy openly talks about his father's opinion about homosexuality. He imitates his fathers broad Scottish accent and generally makes light of his oppressed upbringing. For example when Billy is describing his dads reaction to becoming a comedian, 'you're no very funny (0.5) w w what t d'y wanna be a comedian for (0.5) are you daft (1.5) an' i became (0.5) a welder to escape the worst excesses of homosexuality'. Connolly cleverly uses pauses of varying lengths to add comic affect in this quote. ...read more.

Conclusion

'What what (.) er haunted you'. Looking at this quote from Parkinson further enforces my point about this interview seeming very spontaneous. There is a pronounced hesitation with the repetition of the word 'what'. What this repetition does is give the speaker more time to think about the next word or sentence. Also notice 'er' which is a common filler that is used for the same purpose. A common sign of spontaneous speech is the use of fillers, it also just takes the edge of the formality. To conclude I have looked into the relationship between Parkinson and Connolly and how this affects the speech. How and why pauses, utterances and fillers are used in spontaneous speech. Finally I have talked about the context in which it is set and how context dependence and independence is important in understanding. Stephen Blighe 03/05/2007 AS English Language and Literature ...read more.

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