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Introduction This project will focus on the comedy of The Two Ronnies Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker are a comedy double act who came to fame after appearing on the Frost Report 1966 in various sketches performed with John Cleese It was while working on the Frost Report that the name the Two Ronnies was coined Many of the sketches were written by Barker himself under the pseudonym Gerald Wiley The two men are famed for their unique use of the English language This usage is evident in all the sketches I will be analysing Aim In the course of this investigation I intend to analyse three sketches by The Two Ronnies to discover how they manipulate language to create humour I will focus in particular on phonetic and semantic features Data The data I will be using consists of three transcripts of sketches one of which I obtained from Ronnie Barkers book All I Ever Wrote Pismonuncers Unanimous The second I obtained from the internet The Four Candles Sketch The third I transcribed myself from a television recording The Mastermind Sketch Methodology I will break the data analysis down into four linguistic areas Phonology For phonetic symbols see appendix 1 For phonemic transcription see appendix 2 Semantics Cohesion and Other Relevant Linguistic Features I will analyse each sketch in turn studying in detail all the areas I have mentioned above After I have looked at all three in depth I will then compare them and draw my conclusions from the comparisons
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