BBC Voices

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

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    01:28:01

  • Shelf mark

    C1190/43/12

  • Recording date

    2004-11-11

  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Glasgow

  • Interviewees

    Parsonage, Ann Morrison Geddes, (speaker, female, librarian), Parsonage, George Geddes, (speaker, male, Glasgow Humane Society Officer), Scott, Margaret, (speaker, female, domestic)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Explanation of local use and meaning of phrase glaikit wee baghle.[00:06:06] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention words used to mean drunk/attractive.[00:10:48] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that in the past turrets in castles were built so that only left-handed people could fight going up the steps. Mention treatment of left-handed people/children in past.[00:20:02] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used by his children. Discussion about words associated with river that have different meanings in different parts of United Kingdom. Mention use and meaning of various local words. Description of growing up on Glasgow Green, largest park in city of Glasgow.[00:31:26] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:37:48] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about use and meaning of words that they particularly like/dislike. Speakers re-introduce themselves.[00:42:20] Three additional speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS (2). Mention words used to mean hung-over.[00:47:05] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS (2).[00:48:56] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (2). Discussion about linguistic influences on speech in Scotland, mention words brought to Scotland by Irish immigrants during famine. How speech varies within Glasgow, mention Romani words used in East End of Glasgow. Discussion about how people speak in East End of Glasgow, reasons for this, business words used there.[01:01:38] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of houses in past, use of kitchen/scullery, mention words used for various rooms of house now and in past. Discussion about industrial and social history of Glasgow, influence of this on words used there.[01:15:18] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[01:22:18] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention use and meaning of hawkers. Clothes they wore when dressing up for the first Sunday in May. Mention use and meaning of snide, various Glaswegian/cant words. Comment that they can understand some of Robert Burns poetry. Remark that Irish people have a great command of language. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

  • Description

    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 all associated with the Glasgow Humane Society, a charity protecting human life in and around the river Clyde. George and Ann Parsonage are siblings.

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

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