BBC Voices

Conversation in Castletown on the Isle of Man about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Castletown on the Isle of Man, Isle of Man

  • Interviewees

    Firth, Susan, 1960 Feb. 13- (speaker, female), Girdler, Peter, 1936 Aug. 01- (speaker, male), James, Frank George, 1940 May 25- (speaker, male), Sloane, Jacqueline, 1981 May 20- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Coulson, Colette, (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Manx Radio

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention words used to mean narrow walkway between or alongside buildings/toilet. Mention different meanings of cob, words used to mean bread roll.[00:09:59] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:12:40] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:15:41] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:17:57] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:20:17] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about Christian names for men/women. Interviewer mentions names used by her son for various family members. Mention nicknames for local people used in past, word used to mean father.[00:28:41] Discussion about use and meaning of various words and phrases used locally, terms of address/terms of endearment. Mention words used to mean young person in cheap trendy clothes and jewellery/baby. Use of euphemisms.[00:39:35] Discussion about accents/speech on Isle of Man, influence of other accents on Manx accent, relationship between Manx accent and Manx language. Picking up Irish accent when talking to Irish people, changing speech when talking to different people, telephone voice.[00:56:16] Discussion about regional accents, anecdotes about other peoples speech being difficult to understand. Local words used to describe people who dont come from Isle of Man, attitudes towards English people, other peoples attitudes towards Manx people. Nicknames for people from various parts of Isle of Man, words used to give directions on Isle of Man.[01:05:08] Discussion about how Manx accent is changing over time, future of Manx accent, resurgence of interest in Manx language, Manx now being taught in schools on Isle of Man. Anecdote about cousin teaching Manx language in Arizona, United States and pretending it was a dead American Indian language. Mention Manx nicknames for English people, local superstitions/traditions.[01:14:32] Discussion about local words and their meanings, local superstitions and traditions. Anecdote about local coach driver who was a defrocked vicar. Description of socialising on Isle of Man in past. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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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 all live on the Isle of Man. Frank and Jacqueline were both born on the island, while Susan and Peter moved there.

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