BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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  • Interviewees

    Anna, 1988 April 04- (speaker, female, sixth-form student), David, 1988 March 03- (speaker, male, Ester, 1988 July 08- (speaker, female, Matt, 1989 May 08- (speaker, male, Matt, 1989 May 12- (speaker, male, Romy, 1988 June 22- (speaker, female

  • Interviewers

    Salvidge, Rob, 1957 Nov. 26- (speaker, male)

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    Radio Bristol

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention subjects theyre studying at school, where their parents are from, being Bristolian. Discussion about how speech and culture varies within Bristol, attitudes towards Bristol accent/their own accent, connotations of/other peoples attitudes towards Bristol accent, West Country accent/vocabulary. Discussion about attitudes towards comedy character Vicky Pollard who has strong West Country/Bristol accent, mention other comedy characters who reinforce similar stereotypes about people with West Country accent. Comment that Cornish teacher uses same words as they do.[00:11:42] Discussion about how they speak as young people, anecdote about friends use of safe him up at party. Mention places where they feel comfortable talking as themselves to their peers, subjects of discussion. Discussion about words they use to describe good music/films, mention films that they like. Discussion about differences in language used by girls/boys, anecdote about girls talking a lot more than boys.[00:21:31] Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, associations they make with particular accents. Comment that his accent/vocabulary changes slightly when staying with family in Wales, mention accents they like/dislike. Attitudes towards Ant and Dec.[00:25:31] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention use of local words and phrases.[00:29:05] Discussion about language and political correctness in terms of gender, how racial mix of Cotham School has changed over time, racist language used at school. Anecdote about boy making racist joke at school, how this wasnt tolerated by other pupils and teachers. Use and connotations of local word Meader, used in same way as chav, description of Meaders. Acceptability of comedy at the expense of people of another race/class.[00:37:52] Discussion about teachers who try to be cool by speaking young, with varying results. Aspiring to improve themselves beyond Bristol stereotype at Cotham School, how their speech/accent might affect their success later in life. Mention words used to mean left-handed.[00:43:37] Discussion about reasons for accents to be encouraged, future of regional accents.

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    All six interviewees are sixth-formers at Cotham School in the centre of Bristol. 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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