BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Hanley, Staffordshire

  • Interviewees

    Asiya, Rashid, 1985 Jan. 19- (speaker, female), Begum, Sajia, 1986 Oct. 10- (speaker, female), Kazmi, Eman, 1986 July 03- (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, their parents/grandparents speech, speaking Punjabi, Received Pronunciation.[00:04:50] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention words they use that their parents remark on. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, words they use with their friends. Comment that its very important to her that people understand her speech wherever she goes.[00:10:16] Discussion about whether they feel safe walking around Stoke-on-Trent, how they feel coming from a minority background and living in local area.[00:13:02] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention men they find attractive, attributes they look for in a man, how they identify posh people. Discussion about accents they like/dislike, drinking alcohol, having children, marriage.[00:25:15] Discussion about language associated with drugs, local drug culture, music they like, growing popularity of Bhangra and Bollywood in United Kingdom.[00:31:00] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about words used by their parents that they think are old fashioned, bad chat-up lines, using MSN, texting language, attitudes towards American/Karachi accent, television programmes they like.[00:39:18] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words for father, sometimes using Punjabi at college, words used to mean attractive. Discussion about type of men they find attractive, what chavs wear, rudeness, what dons wear/do.[00:54:38] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention their hopes for the future, where they would like to live.[00:57:31] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.

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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. The three interviewees are friends from the Stoke-on-Trent area.

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