BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

  • Interviewees

    Dhesi, Ranjit, 1971 Feb. 03- (speaker, female, assistant manager), Dutta, Usha 1955 June 09- (speaker, female, interpreter), Kuharajah, Urmila 1957 May 22- (speaker, female, carer), Mehta, Jayshree, 1949 Jan. 02- (speaker, female, volunteer), Mistry, Nina 1965 Oct. 27- (speaker, female, newsagent)

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

  • Producers

    Radio Cambridgeshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:02:11] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:02:47] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about use and meaning of common.[00:15:09] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:17:36] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Anecdotes about not understanding meaning of minging/chat room when first heard used. Discussion about hygiene-related reasons for negative connotations about being left-handed in India.[00:27:39] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:29:39] Discussion about local area, local community, feeling local, how they define being local, how Peterborough has changed over time.[00:38:20] Discussion about their use of English, the language they think/dream in, their use of their Indian language mother tongue, what happens when they communicate with people in India/Sri Lanka. English words they use even when theyre speaking in another language, use of English words with different meanings.[00:46:29] Discussion about what has influenced their speech, learning from their children who went to school in England, their use of slang. Use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how this differs in India. How young people speak, ways to address people, what influences their childrens speech.[00:57:04] Discussion about terms of endearment that they dislike, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, telephone voice, talking to people on the telephone. Their use of text messages/email, having difficulty understanding other peoples text messages/emails, things they tell their children that their parents said to them.[01:07:48] Discussion about their own speech, how other people react to it, influence of English on other languages, their attitudes towards the English language. Importance and popularity of English language in post-independent India, school preferences in India, benefits of converting to Christianity in past, legacy of British Empire. Discussion about call centres in India, anglicising Indian names. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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. The interviewees are first and second-generation Asian women from the Indian Women's Association in Peterborough.

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