Conversation in Boston about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Pacheco, Cecilia, 1978 Aug. 02- (speaker, female, college lecturer), Pacheco, Vasco, 1968 Sept. 12- (speaker, male, factory worker), Silva, Rui, 1962 Nov. 15- (speaker, male, local government officer)
Hallam, Nigel, 1951 Jan. 19- (speaker, male)
[00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about why they moved to England from Portugal, how they interact with local Boston community, learning English in Portugal, speaking English in Lincolnshire.[00:05:24] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:09:25] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:13:29] Discussion about speaking English, how much their English speech is affected by the people around them, what kind of English they speak.[00:16:00] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention influence of American English on the English they learnt in Portugal.[00:20:26] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:29:07] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention Portuguese words used to mean drunk. Discussion about terms of endearment used by people in Boston, what young people wear when they go out in Boston/Portugal, how British people dress compared to people from other European countries. Comment that they would use their hands to explain what they were trying to say if they forgot the word for something.[00:45:25] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about striking up conversations with strangers in Boston, comment that in England the weather is constantly changing which makes it a good topic to talk about.[00:54:22] Discussion about the English/Portuguese their daughter speaks growing up in Boston. Speakers re-introduce themselves.
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 three interviewees are all members of Boston's Portuguese community.