cold war

Topics: Formal, Anxiety, Colloquialism Pages: 3 (1096 words) Published: March 3, 2014
This essay will talk about two different discussions featuring the same four students in a classroom at school wearing their school uniform. The ‘Pressures’ transcript features the girls impulsively discussing the pressures of being in year eleven and having exams. The ‘Applications for sixth form’ transcript features the girls talking about their applications for sixth form; however, there is a teacher present. People alter the way they speak depending on their audience. For instance, their level of formality and use of slang changes depending on the audience, situation and subject of the conversation. An informal discussion consists of the usage of slang, abbreviations and fillers whereas a formal discussion contains Standard English.

The students are more relaxed in the free and unstructured clip ‘Pressures’ because they are on their own and their relaxation expresses itself with more animated body language. In the early stages of the clip ‘Pressures’, the students speak informally to one another and share their stresses in relation to the upcoming year. Kath uses informal linguistic and paralinguistic features in order to relate to her friends and reveal her worries in an almost comical manner. She begins the discussion while playing with her hair and nodding, while she says “proper stressed out to be honest”. Her paralinguistic features suggest that she is making an admission, and reflecting about her situation. Her informal register reflects who she talks to, and the fixed expression “to be honest” relates to her attitude of revealing her feelings. The “proper” is colloquial, but reinforces her stress to her audience. Kath feels comfortable with her friends and can talk casually even while revealing her nerves about exams.

Shante seems to be the main speaker in ‘Pressures’ and the most relaxed about exams. After Kath reveals her nerves about their GCSEs, Shante says in a relaxed tone “What – about GCSE’s and stuff”. She uses replacement of words...
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