BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wolverhampton, West Midlands

  • Interviewees

    Edwards, George, 1937 May 29- (speaker, male), Horton, Craig, 1975 June 26- (speaker, male), Johnson, Janet, 1947 Feb. 01- (speaker, female), Knowles, John, 1969 Oct. 24- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Towell, Nadine, 1978 Sept. 10- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    BBC WM

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion about their own accent, how other people react to it, regional accents that can be confused with others, judging people on their accent, assumptions people make about particular accents. Discussion about Black Country speech, how accent varies locally, picking up other peoples accent. Mention words used in other areas of the country that local people dont understand.[00:13:45] Discussion about Black Country accent, how it is changing over time, how their grandchildren speak, correcting their speech, influence of other languages, future of local dialect/accent. How they feel about the word babby, used locally to mean baby, terms of endearment used locally.[00:20:05] Discussion about Wolverhampton, how and why it has changed over time, what local community was like when they were young, how immigration has changed local area.[00:33:15] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how swearing has changed over time, young people swearing.[00:38:56] Discussion about accents they like/dislike, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, telephone voice.[00:43:26] Discussion about use and meaning of Black Country words/phrases, influence of television/radio on peoples speech, how speech varies locally, differences between Black Country/Birmingham speech.[00:56:00] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father.[01:03:10] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[01:04:05] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[01:05:50] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[01:09:49] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[01:11:15] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[01:12:14] Discussion about use and meaning of Black Country words/phrases, description of how to make traditional Black Country dishes grey peas and bacon and faggots and peas.

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    All four interviewees are regular customers at the Stile pub in Wolverhampton city centre. 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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