BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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    Coventry, Warwickshire

  • Interviewees

    Hartley, Alan, 1924 Aug. 17- (speaker, male, machine tool salesman), Jones, Dave, 1956 March 09- (speaker, male, retired policeman), Taylor, Heather, (speaker, female, songwriter)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of their family background, where they have lived, employment history.[00:07:44] Discussion about their own accent, other peoples reaction to it, Coventry accent, Barrow-in-Furness accent, picking up other peoples accents, how speech varies locally.[00:17:52] Discussion about Coventry, how it has changed over time, first impressions of Coventry on moving there from small Lancashire town, what Coventry was like in the past.[00:25:09] Discussion about Coventry City Football Club, good memories of their triumphs, anecdotes about playing amateur football in Coventry, memories of watching Coventry City play when young, how they feel about imminent closure of Highfield Road stadium.[00:42:11] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:43:36] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:45:49] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:47:19] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:50:33] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:53:00] Discussion about changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, swearing in music industry/media. Discussion about language used at football grounds, football chants.[01:03:12] Mention words used to mean to rain heavily. Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[01:07:38] Discussion about language used by young people, influence of television, how discipline and guidelines for young people have changed over time.[01:13:50] Discussion about what has influenced their speech, their parents, grammar school, talking proper, Lancaster accent, Coventry features he has adopted since moving there. Mention accents they like.[01:20:28] Discussion about regional accents in media, how English language is changing over time, importance of retaining regional accents, world accents, how speech varies locally. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    All three interviewees are Coventry City supporters. 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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