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Ant an Dec- Prince Charles Interview

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Steven Hines

on 6 December 2013

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Ant and Dec- Prince Charles Interview
HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry are interviewed by Ant and Dec. Recorded in 2006, the interview marked the 30th anniversary of The Prince's Trust.

The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
The Interview
The Script
Here Ant's MODE OF ADDRESS is formal; he is talking to the future King of England and therefore defers to him.
Charles is very polite. He is not entirely comfortable being interviewed and his language is a little STILTED
The subject matter is established at the start of the interview- crucial for introducing a topic successfully
Charles interrupts and overlaps- this could be a signal that he has superiority in this exchange or it could indicate his willingness to appear friendly- taking the linguistic lead
It is a feature of Charles' idiolect that he commonly uses INCOMPLETE UTTERANCES
Charles uses humour here. This could be part of RELIEF THEORY- Relief theory maintains that laughter is a useful mechanism by which psychological tension is reduced. This puts all there at their ease.
Non fluency here could be an indication of nerves or they may be part of natural spontaneous speech
A calls Charles 'sir'- in Royal protocol the first time you speak to a male member of the Royal family you call him 'Your Royal Highness thereafter you call him 'sir'
A DEICTIC reference to Charles' sons- they have been discussing their polo careers
Again, this non fluency is characteristic of Charles' idiolect. This is often mimicked by impressionists
Charles is using intentionally vague language here. Is this for a reason? Think about what he might be hinting at OR if he is trying to create an effect?
Again, this non fluency is characteristic of Charles' idiolect. This is often mimicked by impressionists
'you know' is used here as a filler, almost like a spoken comma
William seems quite comfortable and at ease in this situation; he overlaps his dad, uses quite informal language, elision and humour
Charles uses the word 'pony' for horse.This is a word familiar to polo players; they would refer to their horses as ponies- this is a reference to their agility
Prince Charles has a classic range of RP features in his accent (although it is difficult to see this in a transcript)
Listen to some of this Christmas speech from the Queen to identify RP features
This is Charles' favourite non fluency feature
This is the diminutive form of the word Pater- a Latin word and derives also from the Greek word Papas. this is an example of PRESTIGE FORM- the word is an upper middle class one. In Northern communities the word might be ma, pa, mam or da.
Charles uses a number of interesting adverbs to make his story seem more engaging
Again, Charles is humorous and engaging- here he is using HYPERBOLE to increase the effect of his story
Harry seems a little disrespectful to his father- he is much more relaxed and naturalistic in his language. This term is informal and has a slang like quality
A & D seem very reserved and restrained in this interview. They seem to UPWARDLY CONVERGE- there is a distinct lack of dialectical form
These INTENSIFIERS spoken by Harry and William give a sense that the boys enjoy their father's story
Two examples of ELISION here. William does speak in a less prestigious way than his father in terms of language choices. This is probably generational.
This EXPLETIVE would be completely unacceptable in William's father's generation. This could signal his desire to be more down-to-earth and normal; a bit like the perception of his mother Princess Diana
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