BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

  • Interviewees

    Madalina, 1989 May 15- (speaker, female, sixth-form student), Mainur, 1989 Feb. 12- (speaker, male, Patel, Varsha, 1973 Jan. 15- (speaker, female), Rafique, Khurram, 1984 Sept. 10- (speaker, male)

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    Gilder, Willy, 1953 March 06- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Northampton

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Mention words used to mean mother/friend. Discussion about their own speech, teasing mother about her Indian accent, Punjabi English accent, learning English as second language, being multilingual, mixing languages.[00:07:27] Discussion about Northamptonshire accent, regional accents they find difficult to understand/are easy/difficult to identify, Queens speech, other peoples reactions to their speech. Freshy accent, words he finds difficult to pronounce, other peoples reaction to his lisp, how they feel about other peoples accents.[00:16:48] Discussion about translating for family members in various situations in United Kingdom, getting confused between different languages, difficulties filling out forms in English.[00:21:09] Discussion about how he speaks English in United Kingdom as opposed to when he was in Pakistan, English slang they dont understand. Anecdote about playing trick on someone about meaning of minging.[00:24:12] Discussion about understanding/using/learning swear words in English and attitudes towards swearing. Discussion about languages they think in, how this changes in different situations/when talking to different people, whether their parents speak English, the languages they use with them.[00:31:56] Discussion about languages they use in different situations/with different people, whether people in England should have to speak English, how they identify themselves racially, English as international language, how much it is spoken in other countries.[00:35:56] Discussion about how English is changing. Comment that people in United Kingdom dont speak proper English. Speakers re-introduce themselves. Anecdote about friend who learnt English in India then was upset when he moved to United Kingdom because he couldnt understand people speaking English there.

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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 represent different ethnic groups at the Wellingborough Victoria Centre.

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