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Conversation in Aston Cantlow about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    sound

  • Duration

    01:34:11

  • Shelf mark

    C1190/01/01

  • Recording date

    2004-11-29

  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire

  • Interviewees

    Cokayne, Kevin, 1957 Oct. 02- (speaker, male, interviewee, engineer), Leedham, Bob, 1943 May 05- (speaker, male, freelance history teacher), Parker, Mick, 1947 Nov. 29- (speaker, male, webmaster), Reid, John, 1941 Nov. 02- (speaker, male, retired)

  • Interviewers

    Donnelly, Amy, 1975 May 16- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about where they have lived, how they would describe their accent, how the places they have lived/their jobs have affected the way they speak, changing their speech when talking to different people. [00:08:57] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Comment that he dislikes people changing the meaning of words over time. Discussion about old-fashioned words they use, possible origins of various words. Mention words they use to describe something they really like. [00:15:47] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Remark that lots of the words on the spidergram are old words that they still use, some modern words overemphasise. [00:19:33] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Anecdotes about wearing plimsolls at school in past. . [00:24:59] Discussion about different types of historical re-enactments they participate in, language used when doing this, explanation of historical words they use and when they would use them. Anecdote about going to re-enactment in United States. [00:36:07] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Amusing anecdote about woman using Portaloo. [00:47:02] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion of words used mean âdrunkâ. Mention phrases used to mean âto be sickâ. [00:53:03] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents. Anecdote about name used by school friend for his father, mention words used to mean âfatherâ. Discussion about physical punishment they received from their father as children, how life is different for children these days. Anecdote about getting caught scrumping as a child. [01:05:32] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about his sister playing truant as a child. Discussion about children having nits at school. Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. [01:18:41] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about whether, because of introduction of National Health Service, there are now no ugly people in United Kingdom. [01:30:23] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used to mean âbread rollâ.

  • Description

    All four interviewees are members of the Warwickshire regiment of the Sealed Knot historical re-enactment society. Recording made for BBC Voices project of a conversation guided by a BBC interviewer. The conversation follows a loose structure based on eliciting opinions about accents, dialects, the words we use and people's attitude to language.

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Conversation in Aston Cantlow about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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