BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Telford, Shropshire

  • Interviewees

    Budworth, Beatrice (Trixie), 1929 March 05- (speaker, female, interviewee, retired teacher), Doogan, Kate, 1922 Jan. 24- (speaker, female, retired), Evans, George, 1923 June 24- (speaker, male, Jenkins, Alfred (Alf), 1936 Aug. 19- (speaker, male, retired teacher and wood craftsman)

  • Interviewers

    Cleere, Michael, 1960 Jan. 07- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Shropshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Interviewer introduces speakers. Discussion about their family backgrounds, where they are from, their accents, their interest in language, experiences of being teachers. Anecdotes about his early school experiences. Mention things she enjoys doing including poetry readings.[00:10:46] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about how speech varies around Shropshire, local words, local Irish community in past.[00:18:44] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention Welsh influence on local speech. Discussion about pregnancy/sex being a taboo in past/now, expressions of exclamation, variation in local dialect, terms of endearment.[00:31:15] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about use and meaning of gaby.[00:44:06] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion about words whose meanings have changed over time, political correctness, words used to mean making fun of someone, aspects of speech they dislike. How speech varies locally, how local speech changes over time, use and meaning of local phrases including going all around the Wrekin. Discussion about learning foreign languages from teachers with accents, how Shropshire dialect varies locally, influence of Welsh language on border areas.[01:00:55] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[01:04:17] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Anecdote about teaching Japanese people English. Anecdotes about being so drunk they cant remember various nights out, getting his drink spiked.[01:12:32] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words for individual items of clothing, words for various different types of shoes.[01:18:30] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[01:30:36] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[01:37:16] Discussion about their accents, origin of riff-raff, accents they like/dislike, exaggerating regional accents. Speaking naturally, enjoying hearing many different regional dialects/accents when in Army.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 local pensioners.

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