Conversation in Grangemouth about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Mitchell, Iain, 1963 Jan. 27- (speaker, male, interviewee), Peddie, William (Gilbert), 1929 Dec. 05- (speaker, male, Brown, Jean (June), 1942 March 18- (speaker, female), Hamilton, Lorraine, 1971 Jan. 13- (speaker, female)
White, Claire, 1978 Jan. 29- (speaker, female)
[00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Anecdote about mother being shocked when speaker first used expecting to mean pregnant aged fourteen.[00:17:12] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of local burn Grange Burn, how town architecture has changed since 1960s. Comment that he uses different words depending on the company.[00:30:20] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Description of Dutch influence on local village Skinflats.[00:45:33] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words used for various items of clothing.[00:49:38] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention words used to mean hung-over.[00:57:26] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about being skelped as a child. Comment that children were punished more severely in the past for playing truant from school. Description of pitch and toss game played in past. Speakers re-introduce themselves. Discussion about how Grangemouth has changed over time, local industry, impact of British Petroleum oil refinery and chemical plant on town, community and local speech.
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 close friends from Grangemouth.