BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Nantwich, Staffordshire

  • Interviewees

    Hulse, Vanda, 1940 Jan. 21- (speaker, female), Lindop, Kathleen, 1938 Dec. 28- (speaker, female), Shepley, Jean, 1935 Dec. 30- (speaker, female), Stanley, Joyce, 1944 Feb. 19- (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/accent. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about picking up accents from different areas, changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Mention words used when annoyed. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, lack of respect in schools these days. Mention being manager of local pub in 1960s.[00:15:31] Discussion about Royal Family, attitudes towards them, their speech, Queens English, regional accents they find difficult to understand/they like.[00:19:24] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Comment that they didnt dare play truant in past because Daddy Holden would come to their house, description of him. Description of games played when young, what they think of computer games, films they watched on Saturday mornings as children.[00:28:06] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that at school in past left-handed children were forced to write with their right hand. Discussion about language used by their grandchildren/children, Potteries accent, regional accents they like/dislike.[00:42:45] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdotes about using parlour in house in past. Discussion about attitudes towards toilet humour, graffiti in public toilets.[00:51:30] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about American English, Americanisms used in British English, experiences of shopping in England/America.[00:57:14] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[01:07:06] Discussion about text speak. Anecdote about thinking man was talking to himself when he was talking on Bluetooth. Discussion about state of spelling and grammar today, English teaching in schools now.

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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 are all members of the Nantwich Townswomens' Guild.

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