BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wilmcote, Warwickshire

  • Interviewees

    Hammond, Caroline, 1962 July 05- (speaker, female, teaching assistant), Hurford, Jess, 1987 March 26- (speaker, female, student), Mander, Ted, 1934 Dec. 18- (speaker, male, retired mechanical engineer)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion about their accent, what has influenced it, how it has changed over time, how other people react to it, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people.[00:09:58] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father.[00:18:44] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:21:26] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:24:41] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention use of U and non-U language in past.[00:28:34] Discussion about political correctness, use of swear-words and attitudes towards swearing, how this has changed over time, children swearing, influence of television.[00:37:49] Discussion about how young people speak, speaking differently with friends than with family, mention words used by young people, influence of texting language. Discussion about accents they have difficulty understanding/dislike/like, preconceptions about people with various regional accents.[00:45:14] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:47:24] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:52:22] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:53:48] Discussion about Warwickshire accent, features of Wilmcote speech, Stratford-upon-Avon accent, Alcester accent, how accent varies locally.[00:56:34] Discussion about their own speech, Received Pronunciation, talking posh, people equating poshness with intelligence, accents on television, difficulty of hearing how they pronounce words themselves.[01:01:29] Discussion about regional accents, how they have survived despite media influence, different American accents. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    The interviewess represent two generations of a family who run a Wilmcote B&B and one member of staff. 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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