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

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    Allport, Graham, 1969 Dec. 29- (speaker, male, inland revenue), Reid, Francis, 1957 July 12- (speaker, male, photographer), Thornberry, Scott, 1975 May 31- (speaker, male)

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    Allport, Sue, 1962 March 26- (speaker, female)

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    Radio Cleveland

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    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Comment that different words are used when writing/having a conversation. Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention dilemma about wearing kilt to nieces wedding as Scot who left Scotland aged eleven; remark that he still has hint of Scottish accent. Discussion about how their accent is perceived differently by people from different areas.[00:06:41] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Stories of people being forced to use right-hand when young; niece being ambidextrous, possible benefits of this in gymnastics/football. Comment that word used for pregnant would change depending on who is being described. Mention different meaning of bonny in Scotland and Newcastle.[00:13:22] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that football league table position doesnt lie, a team makes it there on merit. Mention idiosyncratic local words used in Humberside; description of Goole, Yorkshire.[00:19:10] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal and paternal grandmother. Use of our to refer to family members. Description of local geography, how towns are merging. Description of hawkers/charvers/chavs. Mention unexpected sightings of modern British football shirts in television programmes/photographs of far away war torn countries.[00:29:01] Description of being a Middlesbrough Football Club supporter, what it means to be a true supporter; description of Middlesbrough football team and its players, how its recent history has contributed to its current success. Description of being a Darlington Football Club supporter; discussion about new stadiums in comparison with the old ones, difference in atmosphere, anecdote about post-match violence. Comment that they cant understand people who leave a match before the end. Debate about using instant replay in football matches; passing time-keeping to fourth official instead of referee.[00:46:10] Description of becoming a Hartlepool United Football Club supporter, a press photographer who covers their matches and a football referee; difference between passion for the game and understanding tactics. Description of early memories of watching football, how the way they watch matches has changed over time. Anecdote about father being unable to play football professionally because he was asthmatic; mention various Hartlepool United Football Club players. Story of having his Darlington Football Club website shut down and being banned from their football ground.

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    All three interviewees are committed football fans: Graham, who has lived most of his life in Redcar has supported Middlesbrough all his life. Frank, originally from Scotland, has supported Hartlepool for the last 16 years and Scott has lived in Darlington all his life and supported them throughout that time. 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.

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