Conversation in Heanor about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Hunt, James William Beresford, 1918 Aug. 29- (speaker, male, interviewee, retired hosiery knitter), Hunt, Joan, 1933 Sept. 10- (speaker, female, retired telephonist and clerk), Needham, Derek, 1934 Jan. 08- (speaker, male, timber yard worker and manual labourer), Needham, Sheila, 1934 Jan. 08- (speaker, female
Ramroop, Marsha, 1976 May 16- (speaker, female)
[00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:03:21] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:05:04] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Anecdotes about their childhood, memories of their parents, going to tea dances, working in grocers shop, sweets they ate, playing in fields all day, people leaving their door unlocked, relationship with the police/superiors at work.[00:16:16] Discussion about importance of church in their lives in past, attending Sunday school, getting confirmed, how young peoples interest in church is different now, going camping, walking to school, how local geography has changed, going to herbalist rather than doctor, using home-made remedies. Comment that despite growing up during Second World War they can only remember enjoying their childhood. Anecdotes about listening to wireless, turning on gas lights, wash-day.[00:31:16] Anecdotes about life when they were children, illnesses they suffered from, having evacuees and catching diseases from them.[00:35:39] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention phrases said to friend in past. Comment that people in cheap trendy clothes and jewellery are modern: they didnt exist in the past. Description of equipment taken down coal mine, miners being heavy smokers.[00:42:37] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:45:35] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Description of what happened to women who got pregnant when they shouldnt in past, midwives smothering newborn babies that they knew had something drastically wrong with them, attitudes towards mental illness.[00:53:49] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Description of games played as children.[00:56:46] Discussion about use and meaning of local words/phrases. Speakers re-introduce themselves.
All four interviewees are good friends from neighbouring villages in the Erewash Valley. 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.