HC1 2010--2011: Assessed Assignment 3
Issued: Thursday 3rd March 2011, Deadline: 12 noon, Thursday 24th March 2011
Your task is to annotate a given
transcript of a video at the level of speech acts and then annotate it
with the communicative intent. The video will give you nonverbal clues
as well as the sound of the speech: both can be important in
deciphering and annotating the intention of what is said in the
The video is an interview between a journalist, Jeremy Paxman, and a
politician, Tony Blair. The video is at:
A transcript of the video is given
below. The interviewer's turns
are transcribed as P, and the interviewee's turns are transcribed as B.
The topic is the number of illegal immigrants in Britain at the time of
P: Can you give us a rough idea of how many
there are maybe?
this point I am speculating on that. What I do know ...
P: Is it
tens of thousands? Hundred of thousands? Millions?
B: I said
I don't think there is any point in speculating. But I can say ...
you have no idea
(Stutters) Well, it's not a question of having no idea.
what is your idea Prime minister?
B: What I
can say is how many people are applying for asylum month by month. How
many people are you removing and what is the backlog and we are dealing
with all the (not understandable because of laughter).
minister, you have really no idea of how many failed asylum seekers
there are illegally in this country.
because people are here illegally...
...which is difficult for the very reason...
1. Annotate the transcript at the level of speech acts: example
labels you might use are the following (in alphabetical order):
what clarifications can be made
refusal to answer with qualification
as a statement
inappropriateness of question
answer with qualification
Feel free to modify the
label and extend the set proposed in the examples. You do not need to
use all the labels listed. You should however ensure that the full
transcript is annotated. In a number of cases you may decide to
annotate an utterance, or part of an utterance, with more than one
Indicate clearly the set of labels that you use.
2. Annotate the transcript at the level of the particular speaker's
intent, example labels you might use are:
demonstration of knowledge
As with question 1, feel free to modify the label and extend the
set proposed; you do not need to use all the labels listed; the full
transcript should be annotated; an utterance may have more than
one label; indicate clearly the set of labels that you use.
Consider each of the following statements that might be proposed as
indicating the (possible) communicative intent of the interview
- The interviewer (P) wishes to show
the interviewee's (B) lack of knowledge
- B follows P's agenda
- P tries to undermine the
audience's confidence in B
- B is ridiculed
- P accommodates to the status B
- B believes the question is
irrelevant to the issue of discussion
- P and B show agreement on the
issue of discussion
- B is manipulated by P
- P respects B
- B comes off well in the interview
- P comes off well in the interview
- argue whether or not the statement is supported by the
- illustrate each answer by providing evidence from the
transcripts using the relevant annotation labels.
4. Consider the methods that you have used in annotating and
interpreting this interview. Comment briefly on which aspects of this
process were straightforward and which were more difficult, and why
this might be.
Assessments should be submitted to the Informatics Teaching Office
(ITO) in Appleton
Tower, Room 4.02, Level 4. You
must submit a single typed copy of each assignment---please make sure
you staple the
Please make sure
assignments are clearly marked with your full name, matriculation
number, the course title, your tutorial group, and the assignment
Please note the policy
on late assignments.