BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wellington, Shropshire

  • Interviewees

    Ball, Gail, 1956 Aug. 23- (speaker, female, cleaner), Bowskill, Vicky, 1970 June 13- (speaker, female), Cooper, Claudette, 1958 Aug. 21- (speaker, female, cleaning supervisor and school dinner assistant), Roy, Marie, 1972 May 19- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Shropshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Interviewer introduces speakers, mention where they have lived. Descriptions of experiences of being different to other people in past, experiences of racism. Description of unresolved situation surrounding recent big syndicate lottery win that turned out to be false, how they feel about it. Description of losing investment in window company last year.[00:17:58] Interviewer re-introduces speakers. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:21:50] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention words used to mean blushing.[00:25:52] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:33:01] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:36:37] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Stories about how nicknames for her male partner were invented.[00:45:30] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:47:22] Discussion about use and meaning of various local words/phrases, moving to local area with Jamaican accent, use of swear-words and attitudes towards swearing. Words for vagina, words they dislike, words used to mean having sex. Interviewer re-introduces speakers. Discussion about what they enjoyed about the interview.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language from the start. 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. Three of the interviewees are cleaners at New College School and Claudette is their supervisor.

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