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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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    Bedworth, Warwickshire

  • Interviewees

    Anita, 1988 July 02- (speaker, female, sixth-form student), Nykita, 1988 Oct. 04- (speaker, female, webmaster), Shergill, Kieran, 1987 Nov. 13- (speaker, female

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    Donnelly, Amy, 1975 May 16- (speaker, female)

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    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion about their own accents, other peoples reactions to them, how speech varies locally, differences between Bedworth and Coventry speech. Discussion about street-talk, how boys speak to impress other people, how their speech has changed as they have grown up, how their younger siblings speak, influence of internet, texting language.[00:11:02] Discussion about their parents/grandparents speech, speaking/understanding Punjabi, speaking Punjabi in India, how the language they use relates to their self-identity, other peoples reaction to them when they speak Punjabi, influence of media on Punjabi becoming more trendy/acceptable now. Description of experiences of racism, how media has changed peoples attitudes towards Asian culture in United Kingdom.[00:28:34] Discussion about their own accent, other peoples reactions to it, influence of television on their speech.[00:31:26] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, use of offensive language, gender differences/inequalities in use of language. How their speech is influenced by the speech of their friends, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, how English language might change in the future.[00:39:18] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about language used by men to describe their girlfriends in order to control them, language used by young people. Mention words used to mean father.[00:49:45] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:51:49] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention influence of Little Britain on their speech, multiple meanings of ragu, words used to mean good, influence of rap music, use/meanings of gay.[01:01:38] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention words used by older people that they would never use.[01:08:25] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[01:13:08] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[01:15:47] Discussion about how older people speak, words/phrases they use that speakers wouldnt, older people trying to use trendy language, texting language.[01:19:38] Discussion about how language is changing over time, language used by young people, influence of rap music on their speech, blasphemy. Attitudes towards street-talk, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, how their speech might change as they get older. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    All three interviewees are sixth-form students at Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth. BBC compliance warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. The conversation follows a loose structure based on eliciting opinions about accents, dialects, the words we use and people's attitude to language.

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