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

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louise barrielittle river
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriewords for couch
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriewords for living room
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barrienarrow pathway between buildings
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriethe toilet
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriebaby
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barrieto rain lightly
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriefamle partner
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriekit of tools
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barrieyoung person in cheap clothes
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barrieword for someone's name you've forgotten
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriewords for friend
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriefamily
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriemore words for clothes
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriewords for arse
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriewords for vest
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriewords for clothes
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barriehanging onto dialect
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

louise barrieperformance poetry
Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    01:08:36

  • Shelf mark

    C1190/43/09

  • Recording date

    2005-03-18

  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Dundee

  • Interviewees

    McCabe, Kevin, (speaker, male, volunteer reporter), Robertson, Gary, (speaker, male, factory assembler), Thomson, Mark, (speaker, male, unemployed), Tole, Joseph, (speaker, male, community worker)

  • Interviewers

    White, Claire, 1978 Jan. 29- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that dropping Ts is part of Dundee dialect. Mention how speech varies within city of Dundee, possible reasons for this. Discussion about experiences of being left-handed at school. Mention three different words for same type of bumble bee used in different parts of Dundee, description of various malicious things they did with bees and wasps as children.[00:14:32] Discussion about use and meaning of local word scheme, local gang culture they were involved in when young, language they used.[00:18:26] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Description of games played as children.[00:24:08] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention euphemisms used by grandmother. Comment that most people living in Mid Craigie, where he grew up, were brought up in poverty. Mention differences in pronunciation between Dundee and Glasgow.[00:29:50] Recitation of poems written by speakers in Dundee dialect. Discussion about writing in dialect, reasons for doing this, how people react to it when they perform their poetry, what inspires them to write, the writing process. Description of their involvement with arts organisations, performing poetry and forming local writing group. Discussion about difference between writing/performing in English as opposed to Dundee dialect, how audience reacts to their use of local words, where they perform, their enjoyment of performing.[00:47:40] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words for various items of clothing. Comment that in their poetry they use older words that may be getting lost these days. Recitation of poem by Milton Balgonie. Description of recent poetry performance.[00:53:53] Discussion about language used by their children, speaking proper, speaking Scottish as opposed to English, attitudes towards native accent, how peoples speech and attitudes towards speech change in different situations, language used at work in factory/in pub.[00:57:00] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father. Comment that people living in Forfar (Forfar loons: nearby town) have their own way of speaking.[01:03:46] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Recitation of poem in Dundee dialect. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

  • Description

    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 four interviewees are all performance poets and writers.

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[1:07:41]

little river

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 14:02:00

[1:06:33]

words for couch

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 14:01:00

[1:07:04]

words for living room

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 14:01:00

[1:05:14]

narrow pathway between buildings

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:59:00

[1:04:31]

the toilet

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:58:00

[1:03:52]

baby

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:57:00

[1:04:03]

to rain lightly

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:57:00

[1:02:54]

famle partner

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:56:00

[1:03:32]

kit of tools

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:56:00

[1:02:38]

young person in cheap clothes

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:53:00

[1:01:05]

word for someone's name you've forgotten

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:52:00

[59:15]

words for friend

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:50:00

[57:03]

family

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:48:00

[53:24]

more words for clothes

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:44:00

[49:58]

words for arse

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:40:00

[48:19]

words for vest

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:39:00

[47:55]

words for clothes

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:37:00

[44:56]

hanging onto dialect

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:35:00

[43:48]

performance poetry

Posted by louise barrie on 01/11/2012 13:33:00

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

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