21 What kind of language is involved in spoken discourse? 1 Look at these two samples of language.Which one is spoken, which is written?What are the main differences between them?What kind of people do you think are represented in the spoken sample?
3G: I watched that film last night + remember that - did you see it H: no I’m afraid I didn’t - haven’t got a television + what was - G: it’s eh + it was about eh + the assassination of + President Carter + I think it was H: mm G: aye it was him and you saw it it was a good film + I watched it all H: what happened in it G: well eh you just saw the ashassina + assassination and there was somebody taking the parts of what the man had done that got shot him eh + that shot him and they was following all the things and all that and then + eh this other man went and shot him because he liked the President + and then after that it just ended up that he got took to prison +I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight-thirty in the morning. The wind, even at sixty miles an hour, is warm and humid. In the wind are pungent odours from the marshes by the road. We are in an area of the Central Plains filled with thousands of duck hunting sloughs, heading north-west from Minneapolis toward the Dakotas. This highway is an old concrete two-laner that hasn’t had much traffic since a four-laner went in parallel to it several years ago. When we pass a marsh, the air suddenly becomes cooler. Then, when we are past, it suddenly warms up again.
4SAMPLE A G: I watched that film last night + remember that - did you see it H: no I’m afraid I didn’t - haven’t got a television + what was - G: it’s eh + it was about eh + the assassination of + President Carter + I think it was H: mm G: aye it was him and you saw it it was a good film + I watched it all H: what happened in it G: well eh you just saw the ashassina + assassination and there was somebody taking the parts of what the man had done that got shot him eh + that shot him and they was following all the things and all that and then + eh this other man went and shot him because he liked the President + and then after that it just ended up that he got took to prison + D. Crystal and D. Davy (1975) Advanced Conversational English Harlow:Longman
5SAMPLE BI can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight-thirty in the morning. The wind, even at sixty miles an hour, is warm and humid. In the wind are pungent odours from the marshes by the road. We are in an area of the Central Plains filled with thousands of duck hunting sloughs, heading north-west from Minneapolis toward the Dakotas. This highway is an old concrete two-laner that hasn’t had much traffic since a four-laner went in parallel to it several years ago. When we pass a marsh, the air suddenly becomes cooler. Then, when we are past, it suddenly warms up again.Pfirzig, R. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
6Features of spoken discourse SPEAKINGWRITINGLanguage is produced in ‘real time’ - instant retrieval of necessary language from memory.Language is produced without time pressure - retrieval of language from memory can be assisted by reference.Language produced has a ‘looser’ syntax.Language produced has a more ‘rule-bound’, ordered syntax.Grammatical structures are often ‘simpler’ and contains ‘slips’.Grammar is more ‘complex’ and ‘accurate’.Vocabulary used is relatively narrow in range.Vocabulary used is broader in range.Contains false starts, hesitations, paraphrasing.Language flows in smooth continuous strings - i.e. sentencesChunks of meaning separated by intonation, stress and pauses.Chunks of meaning marked by punctuation, and paragraphs.Communication strategies used when difficulties encountered in encoding.Communication strategies may be used when there is a time pressure (e.g. in exams).Speaking is interactive - the audience is frequently present. Listening also involved.Audience frequently absent, but reading is also involved when reviewing what has been written.
7Aspects of the speaking skill PronunciationIntonationBe just as explicitand informative asthe situation requiresPhonologyDiscourse managementFluencyStrategiesAccuracyContentWord and sentence stressRead signalsfrom listenerand adjustmessageRetrieve necessary vocabularyUnderstand when to take a turn to speak and when to give waySpeakingApply grammaticalrules instantlyPhonologyVocabularyUse gesture and facial expressionUse time-gaining devicesUse communication strategies when in difficultyParaphrase whenmeaning is not clear
8Discourse management Read signals from listener and adjust message Understand when to take a turn to speak and when to give way to the other speakerUse back channelling when listeningNegotiate meaning when there’s misunderstanding – discourse repairManage openings and closings for interactions – adjacency pairsRecognise functional purpose and respond appropriately
9Look at the following short exchanges Look at the following short exchanges. Comment on what you notice about them.1 A: Can you give me a lift to the bus stop?B: Yes, I can. I have a car.2 A: That’s a nice dress.B: I know it is.3 A: You’re late!B: Yes, it must be about 15 minutes altogether.Speaker B has not acquired ……………………… competence, which is the knowledge of the rules of spoken interaction/social expectations.discourse/pragmatic
10Back channelRead this dialogue and identify what is strange or unnatural about it. A: Hello, Manolo, how are you? B: Erm, I’m better, I’m better from my fall in the Lakes A: Why? What happened? B: Erm, we went for a walk in the Lakes with our teacher of English here and we climbed and when we came back from the mountain, I fell and broke something in my elbow… then I went to hospital in the night … but it took 3 hours and I had to wait for the next day …. in the morning I got this sling here you see … it’s not hurting because I have my arm bandaged and the sling keeps it very still, so it’s good… but I don’t sleep so well and get tired B: Can you take a shower? A: Yes, every day.
11That must have been awful Yeah? Mmm I know what you mean Use these phrases (or any others you can think of) which the listener could use as back channel, and re-write the dialogue. Then act it out together.Oh dearOh noHow annoyingThat must have been awfulYeah?Mmm I know what you meanOh my goodnessAdd more questions about what is heardMcCarthy, M. Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers CUP
12Role AYou are going to tell your partner a story about something that happened to you. It doesn’t have to be very exciting or amusing. You could talk about an event when you were surprised, excited or shocked, for example. You can begin by saying “I’ll tell you about something that happened to me….” You must get to the end of your story, whatever happens.Role BYour partner is going to tell you a story about something that happened to him/her. As you listen, try to interrupt as much as you possibly can. You can ask for repetition, or pretend you are not clear about what she/he is saying. You can ask more questions about each thing you hear, and try to change the topic of conversation, and so on.Role CWatch and listen to your two group members talking. Try to note down what each speaker does as they talk. Note down any difficulties they have and any ways they use to get out of the difficulties.
14Communication strategies Paraphrase by giving an approximate version of what is to be expressed. Choose something which shares an aspect of the intended meaning. e.g. animal for rabbitMake up a new word e.g. picture place for galleryDescribe the characteristics of the word, or gives examples, instead of the word itself. e.g. He cleaned the house with a ...it sucks in air, or I liked the ....., you know, tables, chairs, beds, and thingsDirectly translate the word form the native language. e.g. Danish grontsager (vegetables) - green thingsUse the exact word from the native language. e.g. I don’t have any para (Turkish - money).Use a foreign word and adapts it to sound like English. e.g. I love buying vestments. (French vêtements.)Ask for assistance from the teacher, another student or uses a dictionary.Use mime, gesture to express the meaning.Ellis, R. (1994) The Study of Second Language Acquisition Oxford: OUP (adapted)
15Choose only the pictures of the words you don’t know in English. Talk to your partner: he/she is a shopkeeper and you must try to buy the object, using communication strategies.
16Phonology – vowel sounds awareness Look at the following collection of words. Work in pairs and make groups of words containing the same vowel sounds. Make as many groups as you think are necessary.cothillbincaughtshortshotboughtcatpotmarchsheeppillcourtmatchheelpeelcartbathshipport
17Phonology - intonation How do you feel about it?Look at the following dialogue. Take parts and use intonation to show your feelings in these different contexts:two old friends chattingjealous husband and wifeover-protective mother and sonA: Where were you last night?B: Why?A: Because when I rang at 10 o'clock, you weren't in.B: No. I went to the cinema.A: Oh really? Who with?B: Just an old friend from university.A: Oh.
18Important and less important thought groups Look at these sentences from a description of a wedding. Combine the sentences using a relative clause. Decide which part of your sentence is more important, and tell your partner.The bride was looking absolutely radiant. She was wearing a white silk dress.Two small children were walking behind her. They were about 5 years old.The children looked very sweet. They were wearing frilly pink dresses.The bride's father was walking beside his daughter. He was looking very proud.The guests were sitting in their best clothes. Some of them were crying.
19Phonology – sentence stress Old and new information1 Look at the dialogues and underline the stressed words.A: I've lost my hat.B: What kind of hat?A: It was a sun hat.B: What colour sun hat?A: It was white. White with stripes.B: There was a white hat with stripes in the car.A: Which car?B: The one I sold.2 Do you notice a pattern in the words that are stressed?3 Now try the following dialogue, using this stress pattern.A: I want some shoes.B: What kind of shoes?A: Suede shoes.B: Black or brown?A: Neither. I want blue shoes. With thick black soles!
20Correcting and checking Look at the dialogue and underline the words that need to be stressed.A: Can I have one cheese sandwich and two ham rolls, please?B: That's one ham sandwich…A: No, one cheese sandwich.B: Sorry, that's one cheese sandwich and two ham sandwiches.A: No two ham rolls.B: Right… You did want two cheese sandwiches, didn't you?A: No, I didn't. Just one.B: Oh. I think I'd better write this down.
21I didn’t say she stole my money. Presentation Title runs here l 00/00/00
22Word stress to show a difference in meaning What's the difference in meaning between these two sentences?1 I thought it was going to rain.2 I thought it was going to rain.1 I thought you'd have a nice time.2 I thought you were going to Spain.3 But I thought you were going with Maria.4 I rather thought there might be problems.5 I thought you'd been there.6 I thought you spoke Italian.7 I thought you were coming to my party on Saturday.