BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Bentilee, Staffordshire

  • Interviewees

    Ball, Amanda, 1985 Nov. 13- (speaker, female, nursery nurse), Ball, Philip Andrew, 1960 March 03- (speaker, male, manufacturing), Ball, Daniel, 1922 Feb. 10- (speaker, male), Ball, Joan, 1924 Jan. 01- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Stanworth, Paul, 1979 Oct. 03- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Stoke

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own speech, other peoples reaction to their accent, youth speech, Stoke accent.[00:03:41] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about Stoke accent, other peoples reaction to it, attitudes towards American accent, pottery industry slang.[00:09:42] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, young people swearing, swearing on television.[00:13:03] Discussion about words used to mean pleased, words used by young people. Description of mashing in past, word known only by older people. Mention words used to mean annoyed.[00:17:54] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention terms of endearment used locally.[00:21:45] Discussion about accents they like/dislike, anecdote about woman being embarrassed about having Liverpudlian accent.[00:24:40] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about how posh people speak, speaking proper English, how their speech is influenced by their parents.[00:32:50] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:35:03] Discussion about how the Queen speaks, speaking proper English.[00:36:13] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:42:46] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdote about finding speech in Shropshire amusing when he lived there during Second World War. Discussion about learning foreign languages. Anecdotes about toilets, life in the past.[00:52:01] Mention words used to mean baby. Discussion about how she is supposed to speak in her job as nursery nurse, how children speak. Mention words used to mean running water smaller than a river/female partner.

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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 three generations of a Stoke-on-Trent family. Daniel and his son, Phil, both worked in the pottery industry.

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