BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

  • Interviewees

    Barnes, Chris, 1980 Jan. 25- (speaker, male, brewery worker), Henson, Justin, 1969 March 12- (speaker, male, Kirk, Herbert, 1953 April 26- (speaker, male, Robinson, Andrew, 1964 Jan. 21- (speaker, male, Robinson, Stephen, 1968 Aug. 20- (speaker, male

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

  • Producers

    Radio Cambridgeshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:02:02] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:03:11] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention some of the tools that they use.[00:07:07] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:09:12] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:11:54] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:13:02] Discussion about language used in brewery, explanation of words/phrases they use.[00:15:32] Discussion about their own speech, how other people react to it, how accent varies locally, changing their speech when theyre on the telephone. How their parents speak, how their children speak. Mention words used to mean hello.[00:20:01] Discussion about what influences their speech, their use of mobile telephones, texting language. Mention words used to mean hate/love/packed lunch. Comment that they have a lot of in-house banter with each other in the brewery. Mention language used by their parents.[00:27:32] Discussion about swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how it has changed over time.[00:29:31] Discussion about words they like/dislike, being spoken down to. Pace of life getting faster over time, recent influx of foreign workers to local area, reasons for this, foreign accents they hear. Dislike of hearing London accent locally, dislike of people coming from London to live in local area, how this affects the local area. Job security of working in Elgoods brewery, hearing ghosts in the brewery, discussion about language used in brewery.[00:45:28] Discussion about Wisbech, high levels of crime. Stories about things being stolen including big break-in at the brewery.[00:50:47] How Wisbech has changed over time, close-knit local community, how local lifestyle/attitudes towards drink-driving have changed. Mention how Peterborough has changed over time. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    All five interviewees are employees of Elgoods brewery in Wisbech. 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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