Conversation in Lincoln about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Charkham, Lance, 1938 June 11- (speaker, male, clothing manufacturer), Freshwater, Olga, 1942 Feb. 14- (speaker, female), Gould, Audrey, 1931 May 25- (speaker, female), Gould, Don, 1933 Dec. 04- (speaker, male), Gould, Steven, 1965 June 10- (speaker, male), Rebekah, Jane, 1944 April 16- (speaker, female)
Hallam, Nigel, 1951 Jan. 19- (speaker, male)
[00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:03:35] Discussion about Yiddish, speaking both Yiddish and English as part of Jewish culture, Yiddish spoken by their families, future of Yiddish in Jewish communities around the world. Mention Yiddish words that are used outside of Jewish communities in wider English language.[00:08:26] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about use of Yiddish/availability of kosher food in different areas of England. Anecdote about American taxi driver using many Yiddish words.[00:14:12] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:16:21] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:23:42] Discussion about local Jewish community, Jewish religion and culture, going to synagogue together, Jewish identity. Anecdote about being offered ham.[00:32:56] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Stories about where their family migrated from in the past. Mention words for what you might take your sandwiches to work in, use of expressions/gestures in language.[00:42:53] Discussion about Jewish identity, Jewish community.[00:45:19] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:50:51] Discussion about Lincolnshire Jewish community, its future, inviting guest rabbis to local synagogue, their relationship with Lincolnshire residents. Description of giving talks to local children. Mention non-Jewish people who go to their synagogue. 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 six interviewees come from different parts of the county, but are all members of the liberal (as opposed to orthodox) Jewish synagogue which was established in Lincoln a few years ago.