BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Reading, Berkshire

  • Interviewees

    Chaloner, William, 1986 Dec. 04- (speaker, male, sixth-form student), Lindsay, Alicia, 1987 April 22- (speaker, female, Olivia, 1987 Aug. 26- (speaker, female, Trewby, George, 1986 Sept. 07- (speaker, male

  • Interviewers

    Lloyd, Harriet, 1978 Aug. 17- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Berkshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their accents, how they have changed; associations they make with different accents; changing their speech in different situations/with different people.[00:04:17] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:06:34] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Explanation of Maccy-D-ing it/Maccing it meaning to play truant.[00:09:33] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:13:32] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:16:45] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about the origin of chav meaning young person in cheap trendy clothes and jewellery. Comment on gender-specific use of mummy for mother; mention words used to mean father.[00:21:03] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:21:53] Description of how mothers accent has changed after moving from Lancashire to Berkshire, he has always had southern accent; how speaker lost Scottish accent after moving from Scotland to Berkshire aged twelve, her twin sister also lost it but older brother didnt, her accent returns a bit when back in Scotland; reactions from friends/family to her accent becoming posher after starting at Bradfield College. Mention that cousins tell him he shouldnt say innit. Description of fathers Birmingham accent, how it has changed since he left Birmingham.

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    All four interviewees are sixth-formers at a co-educational public boarding school in West Berkshire. 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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