BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

  • Interviewees

    Barriffe, Jason, 1974 May 26- (speaker, male, MC and musician), Lofts, Mark (aka Lofty), 1972 June 02- (speaker, male, interviewee, hip-hop artist)

  • Interviewers

    Stonehouse, Nicola, 1974 Oct. 08- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Cambridgeshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:04:27] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words used to mean trainers.[00:07:13] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:13:38] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:16:16] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:23:16] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:26:11] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, difference between cussing and swearing.[00:29:35] Discussion about changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, telephone voice.[00:33:39] Discussion about language they use that relates to music, language he uses in the lyrics he writes, example of lyrics he is writing at the moment, words he used to use when young. Description of various genres of music and how they are developing over time.[00:41:30] Discussion about how speakers know each other, the music they are involved in, nicknames they have. Explanation of words they use to describe their social life.[00:46:08] Discussion about how they feel about living in Cambridge, feeling British. Explanation of various words they use.[00:49:09] Discussion about words they use to describe drugs, words that they find offensive if used to describe them.[00:53:02] Discussion about words they use to describe music they really like. Explanation of various words they use. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. Both interviewees make hip-hop and ragga music together and are a big part of Cambridge's hip-hop scene. 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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