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The aim of this project is to investigate the changing face of Radio 1. This will be explored by analysing the language used by each of the speakers, and the roles that each of the contributors play within the broadcast.

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Introduction

English Language A2 Coursework Contents: Pages 2 - 5 Transcript Page 6 Aim Page 6 Description Pages 6 - 9 Analysis Page 9 Evaluation Page 10 Bibliography T r a n s c r i p t 1 C: That's too long wasn't it Lizzie 2 L: Er 41 seconds = 3 C: Its too long (2.0) Too long liz, too long, what happened there 4 L: What hap. But too // long by how much 5 C: what hap. // 6 C: . what happened liz 7 C: what happened (1.0) I have to explain to all the ladies and gentleman listening to the 8 show today that er . L . er will is away for the next few days and that lizzie is 9 technically in charge of the show (2.0) note the . err . I emphasised the word 10 technically . there (1.0) cos she, um . she has trouble having a shower let alone 11 running a radio show .h so what . do I have to be nicer to you today (1.0) 12 L: I'd appriciate it yes 13 C: you have .h there is one problem 14 L: really = 15 C: yep = 16 L: go on = 17 C: i don't have a cup of tea in front of me (1.0) 18 L: well, dya know, im no longer a . t . err . telephone and tea technician 19 C: acc. ok . so who would normally do that job (1.0) 20 L: I would normally do that job = 21 C: acc. right so why haven't you done it today = 22 L: because its no. no longer my responsibility = 23 C: acc. well whos responsibility is it = 24 L: its jessicas but we // don't do 25 C: acc. and whos responsibility // is it to teach Jessica how to do the job 26 that you do . ...read more.

Middle

This alone clearly shows how Chris is the dominant speaker in the conversation, with Lizzie answering in the way that Chris asks the questions, in fear of going against him perhaps. But it doesn't stop there. Line 26 brings in the definite questions and interrogative tags used by Chris on Lizzie; "...job that you do. Yours?" is an example of this. Line 30 is where Chris is in full force; "you're not very good are you. You'll never get promoted", which makes Lizzie feel and look inadequate. These different questioning techniques also shows another theme within the transcript; that of gender stereotyping. Typically, 30 to 40 years ago, both television and radio were very careful to avoid gender stereotyping, as women fought for their rights. Today, however, the 'political correctness' of gender stereotyping appears to have been dropped. We see this in TV and radio and especially in the transcript. The questioning in the transcript puts Chris above Lizzie; the male becoming the dominant over the female - a typical gender stereotype. Continue on from that, and look into the conversation itself, and it can be seen that the topic in question is Lizzie's apparent inability to make the tea - again, a "typical" female job, making Lizzie look even worse via Chris' continuing questioning and rude definite questions & comments. It is this gender stereotyping that enables Chris to create his dominance, but to also create a sense of humour for the listening audience. It is humorous because males identify themselves with him and his ideas/views - a clear sign that males are against the revival of women by agreeing with Chris' gender stereotyping. HUMOUR Stockwell and Jackson, who quote Professor Grice, outline four conversational maxims: quantity, quality, relevance and manner. These four need to be present in order for the "cooperative principle" to be present. Quantity means if there is too much or too little under a topic, the conversation becomes boring. ...read more.

Conclusion

An example of this simple lexis comes from Chris on lines 19, 21 and 23. On each of those lines he starts with single words; 'ok', 'right', 'well' - this shows how persistent he's being in interrogating Lizzie. The use of this simple lexis indicates that perhaps Lizzie isn't clever enough to understand 'real' talk, and Chris feels he has to use this language as she's only a tea maker. E v a l u a t i o n From writing the transcription of the recording to analysing the transcript, I found all areas very interesting. The analysis, for example, showed up the many different techniques that Chris uses; yet as a 'normal' listener I would not appreciate the complexity of the show, as it would merely sound like an improvised broadcast to myself. The transcript clearly shows two issues; gender stereotyping and the laddish culture. It appears, via critical analysis of the transcript, that gender stereotyping is clearly still with us, despite the political correctness that goes against it. Chris uses many techniques to show these issues, such as interrogative questioning, simple lexis, repetition, utterances, flouting of conversational maxims etc. He also mocks other members of the team (both those that are there and those who aren't there) to portray the idea that he is in control. I would have liked to have pursued the area of "accents" and the changing face of accents in the BCC reflected by the new breed of presenters, but decided to prioritise the frameworks above as I felt they were more relevant to my aims. B i b l i o g r a p h y "The Nature and Functions of Language" - Howard Jason and Peter Stockwell (pp. 139 - 152.) "English Language for Beginners" - Michelle Lowe and Ben Graham (pp. 156 - 158.) "The English Language" - David Crystal (pp. 327.) "Mastering Advanced English Language" - Sara Thorne (pp. 398 - 429.) "Varieties of English, 2nd Edition" - Dennis Freeborn (pp. 246.) ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 ...read more.

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