BBC Voices

Conversation in Hook Norton about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Hook Norton, Oxfordshire

  • Interviewees

    Robertson, Helen, 1970 March 14- (speaker, female, teacher), Robertson, Mark, 1969 Dec. 18- (speaker, male), Wood, Susan, 1966 Oct. 02- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Paskin, Judith, 1969 Aug. 19- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Oxford

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:07:40] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:14:47] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Anecdote about using credit card in supermarket in Belgium. Discussion about learning languages in school compared to speaking them in real life, teaching children to write in Standard English when they dont speak Standard English, correcting childrens grammar in their speech at school, influence of parents on childrens speech, attitude behind your speech.[00:27:07] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Stories about child-birth in the past.[00:40:38] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdotes about asking to go to the toilet at school.[00:52:35] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Anecdotes about words used for various female partners. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents, words used to mean father.[01:08:12] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words for individual items of clothing. Anecdotes about difference between pants and knickers. Mention words used to mean friend/running water smaller than a river. 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 three interviewees are all teachers: Susan and Helen are both primary school teachers at Hook Norton Primary school and Mark teaches technology to secondary school children in Chipping Norton.

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