Conversation in Newtown (Y Drenewydd) about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Newtown (Y Drenewydd), Powys
Brench, Gillian, (speaker, female, Welsh Development Agency), Davies, Gill, (speaker, female, Jones-Poston, Diane, (speaker, female, Whittingham, Sandra Ann, (speaker, female, Wilson, Gareth, (speaker, male
Morgan, Anita, 1932 August 06- (speaker, female)
[00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:03:04] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:04:28] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:06:05] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:06:53] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention words used to mean attractive/unattractive/moody.[00:08:13] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean running water smaller than a river/to play truant.[00:11:06] Discussion about hearing their voice on tape for first time, other peoples reactions to their accent, changing accent in different places/when talking to different people. Attitudes towards regional accents, accents they would/wouldnt like to have.[00:14:27] Discussion about influence of media on speech, how young people talk, use of/acceptability of swear words and attitudes towards swearing.[00:16:33] Discussion about judging people because of their accent, accent stereotypes, experience of being stereotyped on first joining army. What they would lose if there were no accents, telephone voice, attitudes towards Queens English/British Broadcasting Corporation English/Standard English, pride in Welsh accent, connection between accent and identity.[00:20:46] Description of changing some words she used after moving to South England, for example butty became sandwich. Mention use and meaning of local word hellish. Discussion about old/local Montgomeryshire accent, where it can be heard, its future, mixture of accents heard locally due to influx of people from other places. Mention use of Welsh words by English-speaking locals.
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 five interviewees all work for the Welsh Development Agency.