BBC Voices

Conversation in Badsey about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:58:13

  • Shelf mark

    C1190/15/01

  • Recording date

    2005-03-18

  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Badsey, Worcestershire

  • Interviewees

    Beasley, Wendy, 1940 Feb. 04- (speaker, female), Brotherton, Terence, 1939 Jan. 14- (speaker, male), Edwards, Michael, 1931 Oct. 25- (speaker, male), Hewlett, Michael, 1927 Sept. 17- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hollings, John, 1940 May 07- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Hereford and Worcester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:05:35] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about their own accents, where other people think they come from, how accent varies locally, how people speak locally.[00:09:10] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention words used to mean baby.[00:12:16] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention phrases used to describe frosty weather, words used to mean childs soft shoes worn for physical education. Comment that the spidergram doesnt contain any words relating to the countryside. Mention phrase used by grandfather in past.[00:15:33] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention phrases used locally, words used to mean father, ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents, sayings used by grandparents in past. Amusing anecdotes about local people, drinking cider aged six, activities they did when young, things that happened locally in past, local football chant.[00:32:33] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Continuation of discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of houses they lived in when young. Mention words used to mean word for something whose name youve forgotten.[00:37:41] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion about use and meaning of local words/phrases, words for different types of tools.[00:42:33] Recitation of dialect poem Yuppies, examples of local dialect.[00:46:15] Discussion about use and meaning of local words/phrases, how speech varies locally, words for local places. Anecdotes about asking directions.

  • Description

    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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. The four interviewees are all friends who made their living through market gardening or had links with working the land.

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Conversation in Badsey about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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