BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Ely, Cambridgeshire

  • Interviewees

    David, 1987 Dec. 18- (speaker, male, sixth-form student), Eleanor, 1987 Aug. 28- (speaker, female, Tom, 1988 Jan. 08- (speaker, male, Victoria, 1988 July 06- (speaker, female

  • 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.[00:01:28] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:01:50] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:07:57] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:11:30] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:18:57] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:21:20] Discussion about changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, use of swear words/offensive language/slang, picking up other peoples speech.[00:25:11] Discussion about their own speech, what other people think about their speech. Attitudes towards regional accents, how their parents speak, influence of being at boarding school, public school accent.[00:28:42] Discussion about local area, being local, his experience of living in Germany, places they would like to live.[00:32:28] Discussion about words they use to mean hello/goodbye, influence of film/television on his speech.[00:35:05] Discussion about their use of mobile phones, texting, language they use when texting, which mobile phone they have.[00:42:20] Discussion about words they use to mean hate, rivalries they have with local schools, sports they compete in. Mention words they use to mean in love with somebody/something. Influence of music on their speech.[00:49:20] Discussion about language used by their parents, nicknames they call speakers. Mention words used to describe different groups of young people.[00:54:00] Discussion about whether accents should be discouraged in schools/at home, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, words used for various drugs.[00:56:51] Discussion about language they use relating to computers/people who use computers. Mention names for computers/cars, words used to mean party.[01:00:18] Stories about humorous use of English by German students, words used by parents that they dont use, words for meals. Explanation of words for various different types of cattle, comment that other peoples inaccurate use of cows annoys her. Mention local ways of pronouncing village names, words used to mean parents, names people call speakers. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    All four interviewees are sixth-formers at The King's School in Ely, Cambridgeshire. 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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