Conversation in Aston Cantlow about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire
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)
Donnelly, Amy, 1975 May 16- (speaker, female)
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
[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 Ã¢drunkÃ¢. Mention phrases used to mean Ã¢to be sickÃ¢. [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 Ã¢fatherÃ¢. 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 Ã¢bread rollÃ¢.
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.