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Linguistic Features Analysis of Russell Peter's Interview wi
Transcript of Linguistic Features Analysis of Russell Peter's Interview wi
by Alyson, Dalyce, Erin and Suqi
Russell Peters on George
Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Oct.26, 2010, talking about his new book and the story about his success
Thanks for watching!
YanniPanos. (2010, November 21). Russell Peters - George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight HD (October 26th, 2010).mp4 [Video file]. Retrieved from
What is phonology?
Study of speech sounds of a language
How does it apply to English?
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
25 consonantal sounds and 13 vowels with their variations of diphthongs
- High or low [i] -> [æ]
- Front or back [e]->[u]
- Rounded [u] [O]
- Nonrounded [i] [æ]
Phonological Features of the Interview
Canadian English, i.e. North American accent
Stressed sound of [r] when following a vowel
- e.g. line 14, Russell imitates British accent "George" vs. American accent "your"
Unstressed and skipped [t] and [d]
alterations of phones:
- e.g. "comic", "glass"
Line 6: “I’m a married kid with a book.”
Place of articulation –where the air stream is obstructed
Voicing –whether vocal cords are vibrating
Manner of articulation –the particular way the air stream is obstructed
Place of Articulation:
bilabials [p] [b] [m]
dentals [ð] [f] [v]
alveolars, etc. [t] [d]
Voiced [b] [d] [g]
Voiceless [p] [t] [k]
Manner of Articulation:
Stops [p] [d]
Nasals [n] [m]
Fricatives, etc. [s] [z]
Implication for Teaching
Introduce students the different accents
Acknowledge the limited ability of students
- e.g. watching videos on English accents
- minimal pair practice
Verb tense (present), subject and object correlation, adjective, prepositional phrase
Sentence structure => S-V-O
“Negatives” and “Interesting” aspects
Subject “I” and object “kid”
1. Adjective => verb (married = married)
2. Placement of “kid” => within PP
Creative and witty => pun
Lines 76 – 77: “Was it like uh wha- what was it like telling, your father since passed on, so what was it like telling those stories and re-living that?”
Verb tense (past), subject and object correlation, pronoun (those), prepositions (since and so)
Sentence structure => Question word-Auxiliary or modal-subject-main verb-constituent
“Negatives” and “Interesting” aspects
Phrasing of question (train of thought)
Noun phrase “your father since passed on”
Stuttering (wha-), filler words (like), repetition (what was it like)
For native speakers, not bothersome or noticeable
More informal than formal
Retrieved from http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~ling354/morphology.html
Retrieved from http://metaphorlookout.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/a-tricky-question-are-english-prepositions-grammatical-or-lexial-morphemes/
Morphology in the interview
Of course there is morphology present in everything they say.
Where are the bound morphemes?
Where are the free morphemes ?
1 GS: What’s happening?
2 RP: Well Yorgo.
3 GS: Married, kid, book.
Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL)
is any piece of meaningful language
SFL is a model used to assess a text
The channel through which text is conducted
Evidence of spoken text:
Line 104: "uh ye uh uh..."
Line 12: "I've always seen people on your show sit like this that's why I want to do that."
The roles and relationship of the participants in the text
Evidence of informal text:
Line 1: "What's happening?"
The context of the text
performed for studio audience
Line 76: "Was is like uh wha-what was it like telling,your father since passed on, so what was it like telling those stories..."
Sample IPA Transcription