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In this essay I am going to analyse two very different interviews of J K Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter.

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´╗┐In this essay I am going to analyse two very different interviews of J K Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter. Her language varies in each of her interviews; she adapts her speech for different audiences, such as children and adults. In her interview from, ?Blue Peter? she is more animated and lively on the other hand in her interview from,?60 Minutes? she is very reminiscent and glum. In the ?60 Minutes? interview J K Rowling uses uses many fillers. Fillers occur particularly in the first section of the interview, as well as some false starts and stammers. ?Erm so you have that but you ? you forgot?.?. This suggests that she is reminiscing as she reflects on her youth. The hesitations and false starts also show that she is being slightly self-analytical and mulling over her past, ?Not re- no I don?t think I was an unhappy child.? JK is quite grim and frank with her language in the first section of ?60 Minutes?. Her face is dark and she doesn?t use much body language. She seems to communicate her thoughts across the interviewer mainly just verbally rather than para-linguistically. Instead she emphasises her points. ...read more.

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Here JK?s tiredness shows as she stammers and repeats herself before struggling for the words ?push-chair?. In the Blue Peter interview, JK is much cheerier as she is surrounded by quite young children on a TV show for kids. JK seems eager to answer questions and communicate with the children. She adapts her language by using simpler words for them, ?my four year old if you say what does mummy do he says HARRY POTTER?. Here she uses the word ?mummy? as oppose to ?mum? or ?mother? as it is most likely what her audience would use. She is also more childish in that sentence, imitating her toddler saying ?HARRY POTTER? to entertain the children. In this interview JK also seems to be more fluent when she speaks. This is perhaps because she feels under less pressure than in?60 Minutes? and is talking about her books more which she is very passionate about. She is also probably trying to make her language easier to understand and explaining things more. For example when she is asked which book she enjoyed writing the most, she replies, ?3, 6 and 7 have been the best to write so that?s Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows?. ...read more.

Conclusion

Apart from the one question ?So this is one year?? and when she reassures JK that no-one can see the book, the interviewer doesn?t speak once and lest JK explain about her book. However, in the third section of ?60 Minutes?, the interviewer is entirely different. At this point JK is reluctant to give away information about the time following her failed marriage, and is slightly begrudging the interviewer. Because of JK?s short answers the interviewer asks many questions to prompt her into answering. The interviewer starts off asking closed questions like ? And write??, but seeing that she wasn?t getting very good answers, she started to ask open questions, ?Why would you come here? What was the point??. This technique got much better, longer answers. Towards the end, the interviewer reverted to using statements and saying them as questions to prompt a response, ?You would come her?. Overall, although the interviewer tried a few techniques to provoke good response from JK, she quickly realised that the best ones were asking open questions and using statements, but saying them as questions. These techniques encouraged JK into giving long and detailed answers about her past and self- analysis. ...read more.

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