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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Coxhoe, County Durham

  • Interviewees

    Ingledew, Gerry, 1948 Aug. 05- (speaker, male, builder), Ingledew, Sean, 1968 Dec. 16- (speaker, male, Walton, Jeff, 1947 June 09- (speaker, male, photographer), Atkinson, Geoffrey, 1944 Aug. 13- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Cleveland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:03:54] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that he said pissing down when describing weather at weekend but pour down in interview.[00:08:05] Description of their involvement with Coxhoe Homing Society and other local pigeon clubs, pigeon races they take part in; how their wives react. Description of his involvement with Coxhoe Working Mens Club, history of leek growing and showing, his involvement with it. Anecdote about prizes he won in leek-growing competition, mention differences in male/female involvement in leek-growing and pigeon racing. Description of decline of interest in pigeons, reasons for this. Mention well-known people who are good pigeon ambassadors, comment that people from all sections of society keep pigeons.[00:24:14] Description of north-east pigeon racing point-awarding system, money that can be won, costs involved in keeping pigeons, breeding racing pigeons, reasons for pigeons going missing in a race. Description of their involvement with local Working Mens Clubs, involvement of women in working mens clubs, comment that allowing women in to Coxhoe Working Mens Club has contributed significantly to its current continued success. Discussion about allowing women to become full members of working mens clubs and to enter bar, how men used to react to women walking into bar in the past. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    All four interviewees are pigeon fanciers and members of Coxhoe Working Men's Club. 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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