BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Hallow, Worcestershire

  • Interviewees

    Capper, Dorothy, 1938 March 14- (speaker, female, retired primary schoolteacher), Davies, Freda, 1937 April 13- (speaker, male, retired private caterer), Jeeves, Doreen, 1946 Oct. 25- (speaker, female, retired medical secretary), Workman, Mavis, 1936 Feb. 08- (speaker, female, retired NHS administrator)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Hereford and Worcester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about how language has changed over time, how speech varies regionally, new words, teaching spelling in schools, dyslexia, autism. Influence of television on speech of young people now, how schooling has changed, childrens speech and how it has changed over time, how family life has changed, words whose meanings have changed over time. Mention words used to mean grandmother.[00:13:08] Discussion about slang words used when they were young/used now. Mention words used to mean to play/drunk/to throw/pregnant. Discussion about Americanisms, how words have changed over time. Anecdote about pregnancy being more taboo in past. Mention words used to mean jewellery, fashionable words, words used to mean clothes/unwell/tired, acronyms. Teaching children nursery rhymes.[00:25:53] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, influence of media.[00:29:16] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of toilets used in past, use and meaning of modern words, words used to mean small woods, words for various rooms of house, words used to mean moody. Discussion about uses of rooms of house in past, living without a fridge, washing clothes, cooking food, bathing.[00:42:16] Discussion about changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, words used to express frustration, politeness, meaning of trappy, new words.[00:52:19] Discussion about wearing liberty bodices in past, words used to describe CLOTHING, words for various under-garments.[00:56:53] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS, words used to mean to sleep/lacking money/to hit hard/to throw. Mention words used to describe chastising children. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    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 members of the local Women's Institute.

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