Answering the Shakespeare question Contextual features Situational factors Where is it set? Who is present? What has just happened previously? What will happen next? What act and scene is it from? Contextual features Status and relationships Who is speaking? Is it soliloquy, dialogue or conversation? Is it blank verse or prose? What is the status of the characters? Interactional features Initiating turns Length of turns Turn taking in dialogue Pauses Agenda setting Modes of address Pragmatics Politeness principles Lexico-grammatical features Types of utterance Figurative language Rhetorical strategies Vocabulary Non-fluency features Phonological features Intonation Word stress Tone of voice Accent/dialect Dramatic effects Presentation of themes, attitudes and ideas Construction of character Unfolding of the plot Build up of tension, suspense, climax Creation of mood, tone and atmosphere Showing relationships between characters Effect on audience Irony, rhetoric, persuasion, humour, etc Contextual features Discourse conventions What is the dramatic purpose of the scene? What would be the effect on the audience? What is the genre of the play?