BBC Voices

Conversation in Kings Norton about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Kings Norton, Birmingham

  • Interviewees

    Aitken, Alyn, 1977 May 02- (speaker, male, motor trader), Gilmour, Sharon, 1975 Nov. 07- (speaker, female, car sales), Harris, Steve, 1971 Dec. 04- (speaker, male, car sales manager), Nash, Iain, 1977 April 09- (speaker, male

  • Interviewers

    Worthington, Suzanne, 1979 Feb. 17- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    BBC WM

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Mention how they know each other, where they live, their hobbies. Discussion about their local community, their speech, how other people react to their speech, how they feel about their speech, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Accents they like/dislike, Birmingham/Black Country accents, Scottish accent, locations of call centres.[00:09:18] Explanation of words/phrases used in car industry, when/where they would use this type of language.[00:14:10] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, speaking properly, Bedfordshire accent, Estuary English.[00:17:31] Alyn Aitken leaves interview. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention words used to mean giving birth/going to the toilet.[00:25:23] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:30:28] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:39:27] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention word used to mean shoes. Discussion about different types of people who work in motor trade and the variation in speech that they hear being used.[00:42:53] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Description of mood swings of work colleague. Mention word used to describe insane people. Explanation of rhyming slang used when working in motor trade.[00:49:40] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention wag woman who came to house to check whether children were playing truant in past. Recitation of various sheep-related jokes.

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    All four interviewees work for the same car dealership in Kings Norton. BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. 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.

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