BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Handsworth, West Bromwich, West Midlands

  • Interviewees

    Gillings-Grant, Faydene, 1960 Dec. 15- (speaker, female, interviewee, librarian), Morgan, Anne Colleen Elaine, 1969 June 19- (speaker, female, science teacher), Reid, Heather, 1967 Sept. 02- (speaker, female, business woman and course facilitator)

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

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    BBC WM

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, describe how they know each other. Discussion about their own speech, Jamaican patwa, American influence. Description of Jamaican language and culture course she teaches on, people who attend it. Discussion about changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, other peoples reaction to their accent.[00:10:10] Discussion about accents they like/dislike, British accents, how accents vary within countries.[00:15:24] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, language that children should be taught in at school, correcting her childrens speech. How children should be taught to speak in schools, pronunciation and spelling, how childrens speech can affect their job prospects, importance of being bilingual.[00:21:32] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Description of drinking culture and attitudes towards drinking alcohol in Jamaica.[00:29:33] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:34:23] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Comment that she would only use Jamaican expressions with people who will understand them. Discussion about influence on language by DJs.[00:51:40] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:55:47] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[01:01:22] Discussion about Jamaican, how it is a very creative and expressive way of speaking, use of body language/expression of eyes/kiss teeth, how this compares with expressiveness of British people. Mention phrase used to describe attractive person. Anecdote about raising her voice when she got angry.

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    All three interviewees are Jamaican women who now live in Birmingham. 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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