Genre:The text is a radio
interview exploring Mary’s The main audience of the
text is the radio audience
possibly music fans. Another
audience is Nick. A minor
audience could be mothers.
Purposes: The main
purpose of the text is to
allow Mary to share her
Mode: The mode of the
experiences of Glastonbury
text is spoken as it is
live. However a minor
received via the aural
purpose is to promote the
channel as shown by
festival to the music fans
and also to identify if
Nick’s description of the
Glastonbury is suitable for
location e.g. “next to
Paragraph 2: Lexis, Register and a two mode features
Register and mode
Creates a low register
Shows the answers are
spontaneous and interactive
But features of the written mode used include:
Shows Nick’s questions are
Low frequency polysyllabic
highly planned and possibly
permanent. Raises the
For each paragraph
Explanation-Link the device back to the point
and develop to show a specific view or attitude
in the text. How does the participant/writer
represent themselves? How do they tailor
language specifically for their audience.
5. Mode Feature-How could you link the linguistic
feature to a mode feature.
6. Link back to the purposes/audiences.
Identify the ideas/attitudes and views
in the text-Points section in the
1. Nick’s view of the weather.
2. Mary’s view of the weather.
3. Baby/children- Baby’s items: pushchair, nappies,
baby food. Experience of taking children to the
4. Problems with taking children to the festival.
5. Fatboy Slim-Luke’s view of Fatboy Slim and
Mary’s view of Fatboy Slim.
6. Hygiene and Rubbish
1. Lexis and Semantics
2. Phonology-Elision/emphatic stress
3. Other Speech Features
Point: Mary communicates her feelings of Glastonbury
through the weather.
Evidence: “and how are you enjoying the experience/erm
mixed…if it’s sunny or dry then erm it’s pretty er lovely”.
Linguistic Evidence-the above reveals there is a semantic field
of weather shown through the lexis, sunny, dry” and Nick’s
comment of “squally showers”.
Explanation: Mary represents her experience of Glastonbury
through the weather which Nick supports with his use of the
colloquial lexis “squally”. Mary reinforces the fact that the
weather can remove the enjoyment of Glastonbury through
the use of the conditional “If it’s sunny” and the use of
reformulation as she uses the lexis “lovely” after “pretty”.
• Mode Feature: The use of reformulation and
fillers reveal that Mary’s responses are
spontaneous and highly personal as she is
communicating her personal experiences of
Glastonbury to Nick and to her music fans
who may also be mothers.
• This links to the main purpose where Mary is
aiming to perhaps communicate her
experiences of the Glastonbury festival and
specifically in this quote how the weather may
change the experience. Also she is possibly
implying that having children does not impede
upon enjoying Glastonbury but the weather is
a bigger problem.
Secondary Semantic Field
Festival as unhygienic.
Supports the audience’s
view that it’s unsuitable
Point: Nick represents Glastonbury as unhygienic.
Evidence: I’m sat next to a binbag full of dirty nappies.
Linguistic Evidence-This quote adds to the secondary
semantic field of rubbish as shown by the lexis “nappies, bin
bag, toilet, empty bottle”.
Explanation: The audience expect that Glastonbury does not
have hygiene facilities but Nick opens the interview with a
visual description to challenge the audience’s view that
mothers cannot attend Glastonbury. Music Fans wouldn’t
expect the interviewee to be a mother therefore the use of
“nappies” suggests that parents can also attend the
Glastonbury festival as the radio audience possibly expect
that parents protect their children from unclean
environments. It is possible that some members of the
audience may disapprove of Mary’s presence at Glastonbury.
However Mary challenges this expectation by
stating “changing the nappy’s not the problem” and
when she implies that the Glastonbury toilets are
unclean through the declarative “that‘s probably an
advantage”. The use of emphatic stress indicates
that she cares about the hygiene of the
Mode Feature: The use of emphatic stress
illustrates that the text is highly personal especially
as Mary is communicating her personal opinions
about the hygiene at Glastonbury.
Explanation: This simile reveals that the problem is
unexpectedly not with hygiene but with the bulky items
needed for babies. The simile is also an idiom which
exaggerates and so emphasises the problem faced by Mary
in terms of travelling at Glastonbury to different concerts.
This creates cohesion with earlier comments as Mary states
“we couldn’t push it…that made it really difficult”. The
emphatic stress on “really” and the use of the simile
perhaps creates a secondary purpose of advising parents as
Mary could be advising the audience not to bring pushchairs
and bulky items to Glastonbury.
Mode Feature: The above reveals that the text is highly
interactive. However it can be argued that the presence of
the radio audience means that the text is not very
interactive as they are distant from the interview.
Representation of Luke/Baby and Fatboy Slim
Luke enjoyed the
The baby went
I liked it
Mary and Nick challenges the idea that children
would not enjoy the festival as well as the idea that
the loud noise is unsuitable for small babies as
revealed in the three part exchange. In the 3rd
exchange Luke uses a declarative “I liked it…
Explanation: The above also challenges the view that
children do not like the same music as their parents.
To enable Luke to interact in this conversation, Nick
has interrupted Mary as she does not finish her
utterance to question Luke’s experiences possibly to
justify to the radio audience that young children can
enjoy Glastonbury. Furthermore the fact that Luke is
older, Mary emphasises through fillers and implies
through Hedges that Luke was more tired than the
baby. This again challenges another expectation that
loud music doesn’t disturb babies’ sleep as “he just
goes to sleep in there”. This represents Mary as
someone positive who is aware of her children’s
This is reinforced when she suggested that she
advised Luke to sleep. Older children are therefore
shown as being affected more by the concert.
Link to Mode Feature: The fact that Nick interrupts
Mary identifies that Nick controls the interview and
also that he is supporting Mary’s ideas by directly
involving Luke. This shows the text is immediate as
Luke’s responses are unplanned.
met their purposes…
The text does
features as it is
Although the main
topic is Glastonbury
other minor topics
interlink to create
cohesion (with examples)
The participant assumes…
Another specific concept/idea represented…
The specific view of the participant is….
Another attitude displayed is…
The participant is implying/indicating….