BBC Voices

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

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    01:03:04

  • Shelf mark

    C1190/44/13

  • Recording date

    2005-01-19

  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Portglenone, County Antrim

  • Interviewees

    McAllister, Vincent, 1980 June 26- (speaker, male, architectural technician), McCorry, Claire, 1982 June 10- (speaker, female, environmental health officer), Pearse, 1989 Aug. 24- (speaker, male, sixth-form student), McAllister, Michael, 1945 June 25- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Garrett, Conor, 1972 May 08- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Ulster

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about Portglenone, local events/activities, what it’s like to live there, good sense of community. Mention history of house where interview is being recorded, mother’s job as brick moulder, meaning of ‘culchie’. Discussion about outsiders’ positive view of local area, what ‘local’ means to speakers. [00:08:12] Discussion about their own speech, how people speak locally, examples of local pronunciation of various words, how they would describe their accent. Changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, speaking differently to local/non-local people, what has influenced their speech, how local speech might have developed over time. [00:14:11] Discussion about how young people speak, mention words used to mean ‘to play truant’, influence of television, meaning of ‘minging’. Mention words they overuse, aspects of their speech that other people mock. Discussion about use and meaning of various local words. [00:19:01] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used to describe turf-cutting process, phrase used to mean ‘unattractive’. [00:22:11] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Use and meaning of various local phrases, local pronunciations. Comment that he learnt a lot of his speech from his mother which was passed down to her from previous generations. Mention use of euphemisms. [00:25:43] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, art of conversation/story-telling disappearing because of introduction of television, ceilidh tradition. [00:29:15] Discussion about how other people react to their speech, pride in their speech, benefits of having a local accent. Mention words used to mean ‘pregnant’. [00:32:34] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention nicknames for people from various places, more local words, words used to mean ‘shouting’. [00:39:06] Continuation of discussion of words to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. [00:43:51] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant from school. Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. [00:48:07] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention word used to mean ‘attractive’, words used to mean ‘very’, meanings of ‘deadly/dead on’. [00:52:24] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used to mean ‘to hit hard/drunk’, meanings of ‘tight’ including ‘drunk’, words used to mean ‘kit of tools/to sleep’. [00:58:31] Discussion about language changing over time, how young people speak today, influence of education, importance of keeping their accent. Mention word used to mean ‘drunk’, use and meaning of various expressions used locally, word used to mean ‘trousers’.

  • Description

    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 either members of the McAllister family or their friends.

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

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