BBC Voices

Conversation in Hampton in Arden about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Hampton in Arden, Solihull, West Midlands

  • Interviewees

    Hallworth, Gillian, 1953 Jan. 16- (speaker, female, clerical), Hayes, Pamela, 1937 Jan. 10- (speaker, female, medical secretary), Whitehouse, Lorraine, 1958 June 26- (speaker, female, craft tutor), Worthington, Eileen, 1950 April 04- (speaker, female, retired teacher)

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

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    BBC WM

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Mention how they know each other. Discussion about local area, why they like living there, other peoples attitudes towards it, what they do in their spare time, local community/activities/ services.[00:10:17] Discussion about their own accent, other peoples reactions to it, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, accents they like/dislike, how speech varies locally. Words having different meanings in different areas of the country, acceptability/meaning of words changing over time, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how their children speak.[00:19:10] Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, their acceptability, how young people speak, influence of television, features of speech that annoy them, where people from other countries think theyre from. Accents they like/dislike, accents used in call centres/advertisements, how other people react to their accent. Comment that people use island to describe a roundabout locally.[00:27:12] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:31:53] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:33:52] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about connotations of/attitudes towards various Christian names.[00:47:00] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention amusing names for things in other languages.[00:52:51] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention local phrase meaning to be in your element.[01:00:20] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.

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    All four interviewees are middle-class, family-focused women connected by the village of Hampton in Arden. BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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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