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The situation presented in the transcript is between that of a teacher and student. Whereas Lauren enforces her tough persona, the teacher struggles to maintain his authority

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´╗┐The situation presented in the transcript is between that of a teacher and student. Whereas Lauren enforces her tough persona, the teacher struggles to maintain his authority; the contrast of both characters is shown through their sociolect. This amuses the audience and shows the sketch?s purpose ? to entertain. The conversation is based on turn-taking. A stereotypical feature shown is Lauren?s use of idiolect and sociolect which greatly differs from the teachers? thus showing a typical student-teacher confrontation. The teacher uses Standard English the most with interrogatives to show a face-threatening act, ?What on earth do you think you are doing?? and ?Why don?t you tell the whole class?? This shows professionalism and commanding behaviour; common characteristics of teachers. Lauren?s angry response to the face-threatening act is shown with declaratives, stating she ?ain?t chattin?? to this ?crew,? depicting very clearly Lauren?s disrespect towards the teacher along with the lack of the word ?sir?. Her sociolect portrays her as a stereotype of a ?chav? because she uses elision, ?ain?t,? to show her aggressive attitude. In addition, Lauren?s sociolect shows disrespect as she is effectively telling him that she will speak any way she likes. However, the stereotypical behaviour of the teacher is shown through the use of discourse markers, ?whilst,? to show his dominance to other students but Lauren continually uses sociolect to show disregard for his authority, belittling him in front of peers to achieve covert prestige. ...read more.


a play on the teacher?s jargon, which is used to show position; the teacher is presented with a face-threatening act as he is issued a challenge directly. The topic shift shows she is gaining authority. The effect of the pronoun you on the teacher is that he is given no options and he is forced into a corner by Lauren. Typical classroom speak is used in the transcript. Examples are ?What on earth do you think you are doing?? and ?if you?ve got something to say, why don?t you tell the whole class?? This shows the topic of the conversation and how this affects the conversation. It?s humorous as well because Lauren defies these conventions. Lauren dominates more than teacher is expected to. Moreover, Lauren makes a face-threatening act when she says ?is it?? This is negative back-channelling as it?s almost challenging. The teacher responds with ?yes. It is.? This is a counter-challenge as it?s mocking her. The conflict of the differing stereotypes provides a humorous element to the sketch. The teacher asks questions such as ?what about Ca?? This represents his authority as he is controlling the topic shift however later in the conversation Lauren starts to gain control as she controls the topic shift. Though, the teacher attempts a topic loop by saying ?Ba. Lauren.? Lauren seizes control by playing on the teacher?s jargon by saying ?But are you a geek though?? The structure of the transcript reflects the stereotypes of both characters. ...read more.


The harsh sound of ?crew? shows she is talking about enemies whereas the soft, monosyllabic word ?brethren? shows she is talking about friends. Although it shows Lauren?s tough persona, it also shows that Lauren is rebellious to the status quo. The teacher, however, perceives this as her being worthless and challenges her. Another example of this is ?(with mock empathy),? the intonation shows Lauren is bullying the teacher. Lauren uses bored monotones with words to show she isn?t ?bovvered.? This can be seen with the word ?Zinc,? the use of paralinguistic features along with prosody portray stereotypes effectively. As the end of the transcript progresses Lauren?s tone escalates and the pace increases from ?Face. Bovvered? to the words becoming like missiles. She dominates the whole time only letting the teacher use monosyllabic utterances. She starts using phrases in an elliptical way which is accentuated by the alliteration, ?Boron. Bunsen Burner,? shows this. The imitation of Stephen Hawkins is used for comic effect and pauses are used, ?(pause) ain?t bovvered,? to depict her attitude. It expresses her dislike of the teacher and represents her stereotype effectively. To conclude, Catherine Tate?s periodic table sketch very effectively reveals the stereotypes of modern society and how sociolect, idiolect and dialect differ for each stereotype. The stereotypes are depicted successfully for comic effect and it shows that even though Lauren was cheeky and arrogant, she was quite clever. This means that some stereotypes may be wrong, likewise the teacher also failed to keep hold of his authority from the start and this may have led Lauren to take advantage. ...read more.

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