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At its most basic, mode is about differentiating writing from speech, but of course it’s a lot more complex than that and it is quite possible for you to be quite subtle about it. Please avoid the temptation to declare everything ‘mixed mode’ -
It is useful to think of the concept of mode as a set of paired concepts, opposites on a series of continuums. You could ask yourself questions like the following:
The Interaction page should remind you of the theories to refer to in analysing any text which involves interaction between two or more people.
It is useful to think of the concept of mode as a set of paired concepts, opposites on a series of continuums. You should ask yourself questions like those above, and spend your analytical answer explaining how the writer/speaker’s linguistic choices reveal these aspects of the text. Note that the questions are phrased as ‘how x or y is the text?’ rather than ‘is the text x or y?’. You should not be rattling off a checklist of mode features and assuming you’ve ‘done’ mode.
You will also need to label features of the texts while doing this -