You are likely to be as familiar, if not more so, with the conventions of broadcasting as you would be with other forms of lanauge use. The following checklist is a series of questions that you can address in an analysis of broadcast language.
- TV, Radio, Podcast etc
- What genre is it?
- What is the purpose?
- Who are the intended audience
- Time and place of broadcast
- Is the tone/register serious, comic etc
- What is the mode? (spoken, written to be read aloud)
- What are the relationships between participants? (power, personal)
- What is the field/subject matter (sports, nature, current affairs etc)
- Is it an ongoing series or one off show
- How is the opneing marked (formal greeting, summary, recap)
- How is the closing marked (cliffhanger, summary, sign-off, catchprase)
- How is the turn taking organised (adjacency pairs, interruptions, overlaps, digressions)
- What is the goal of the programme (information, expose, entertain, provoke comment)
- Is the topic range broad or narrow?
- Are there any topic shifts? How are these indicated?
- How is intonation used?
- How is pitch used?
- Is stress used?
- Does volume Change?
- Does the pace change?
- How are pauses used?
- Are any paralinguistic (body language) feautres sued in the transcript?
- Is it formal or informal?
- Are there any examples of high frequency lexical items?
- Are there any idioms (idiomatic lanauge), collocations
- What is the grammatical structure of utterances (simple, compund, complex)
- Are minor sentences used?
- What type of setences are used (interrogatives, imperatives)
- Are utterances elliptical?
Non Fluency Features
- Are there any overalps/interuptions?
- Are there any pauses and hestitations?
- Are their any false starts, repetitions, repairs?