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Ant and Dec- BGMT Interview

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Steven Hines

on 29 November 2013

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Transcript of Ant and Dec- BGMT Interview

Ant and Dec- BGMT Interview
Stephen Mulhern is presenting an episode of Britain’s Got More Talent, where his guests are Ant and Dec, the presenters of the BGT final which has just occurred. They discuss a woman who threw eggs at judge Simon Cowell and the winners, a shadow puppet group called Attraction.
The Interview
The implication here is that Mulhearn is working from a script and, perhaps, turns the tables slightly on Ant and Dec who may be more used to interviewing than being interviewees- they juxtapose well to Mulhearn who obviously has a 'script' to work from
The use of ELISION is prevalent through most spontaneous speech- here it is down to familiarity, ease of pronunciation and informality.
Mulhearn makes reference to this and the music pragmatically links to the word- EMF's song 'Unbelievable' is playing...
Ant's MODE OF ADDRESS here is significant; he is informal and funny- the trademark relationship he has with the audience.
Here, SM intentionally uses non-standard grammar- this has a comedic effect and this also hints at ESTUARY affectation (even though he is acually from Somerset)
A & D playfully mimic the presenter's accent- this CONVERGENCE is one designed to amuse rather than an actual linguistic effect
D here exacerbates the humorous pragmatic by OVER ENUNCIATING the middle syllables- something enjoyed by all present
SM displays a number of significant linguistic traits here- he displays NON FLUENCY, PAUSE FILLERS & at the beginning of the UTTERANCE a FALSE START
Here, SM uses a TAG QUESTION- this is a typically supportive language feature. It is often used to soften an IMPERATIVE or in this case to seek approval for a DECLARATIVE. SM is trying to establish linguistic common ground with A & D
TAGS are also quite feminine
language features- Robin Lakoff described the effect of tags in her work '
Language and Women's Place'
A & D often overlap- there is a synchronicity in their linguistic relationship that allows each of them to play a role in the other's conversation- this is a learned language function- they are used to working with each other
Deborah Tannen observed that overlapping is more prevalent with men who often see conversation as a contest in contrast to women who see conversation as supportive
Here, there are examples of REPETITION. This is common in SPONTANEOUS SPEECH and can result from a desire to emphasise or because the INTERLOCUTOR (speaker) wants to reiterate
This is a subtle example of tagging. D uses a tag here because he is saying something which is, perhaps, slightly controversial and is seeking support; this is provided by A who tags his utterance.
SM displays an easiness in A & D's company- he feels that he can overlap and interact completely
A uses MILD INVECTIVE here. The word 'daft' has a peculiarly British feel and feels like slang. Here would also be an example of the 'FLAT' vowel sounds of Geordie- the
is pronounced like the
rather than the

A uses an insult here which is a calculated risk. They are guests on this show as it is a spin off from the main show and they can therefore be more relaxed and opinionated
This is an example of DEIXIS. All three men
the audience are aware of the context because they have all just witnessed the lady throwing eggs. This doesn't have to be spelled out EXPLICITLY. Pronouns, in English, are usually deictic as they require context for them to make sense.
SM uses a distinct DISCOURSE marker here to steer the conversation away from the controversy. His linguistic style contrasts with A & D. He is marginally more formal and doesn't tend to use dialectical form as much
All men here are aware of the shared pragmatic of the reference. It is not a contemporary reference (Frank Spencer was the main character in a sitcom from the 70's and 80's) but they all still share the humour of the inference
SM uses an EMPTY PHRASE here possibly as a means of steering the conversation or because it is part of his IDIOLECT
This is the longest UTTERANCE of the transcript and contains some important features.
D uses FILLERS 'er' and 'erm' as this is further proof of the spontaneous nature of his language
He uses the first person plural pronoun 'we've' which is also ELIDED- this is further indication of the relationship he has with A and he also speaks on behalf of the audience
The language used in spontaneous speech is also ELLIPTICAL- this is often because of shared knowledge and understanding
'definitely' in this case is an adverb of certainty used for emphasis- this is to display D's expertise and experience
The DIALECT word 'aye' is evident here- A & D are synonymous with the North East and even though they may not live there they still retain that distinct linguistic link
The DETERMINER 'that' is used to convey certainty
The use of 'just go' in this context is a synonym for 'say' or 'state'- it is informal language
Both words come from the SEMANTIC FIELD of performance and show- business which helps to unify the three interlocutors linguistically
The INTERJECTIONS here hint at A & D's enthusiasm for the show and the informal nature of the LEXICAL choices
There is another INTERRUPTION here. The speakers are enthusiastic and funny- male language again perhaps hinting at the competitive nature of the conversation
The last part of the transcript displays, again, the humorous tone of the interview- A & D are gently poking fun at the process whilst also demonstrating more informal language choices.
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