BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Hartlepool, County Durham

  • Interviewees

    Clark, Terence, 1939 July 26- (speaker, male), Farrow, Bob, 1940 Dec. 14- (speaker, male), Farrow, Roni, 1942 April 27- (speaker, female), Simpson, Rose, 1931 March 02- (speaker, female), Thompson, Eileen, 1954 April 28- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Cleveland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS; ACTIONS; PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES; WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS; PEOPLE AND THINGS; CLOTHING. Mention left-footer used to describe Catholic.[00:09:15] Discussion about words that Rose says differently as a result of living in Bristol before moving to Hartlepool, comment that when she first moved she had difficulty understanding people. Continuation of discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS; PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES; PEOPLE AND THINGS; WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents, anecdote about young grandson asking to call step-grandmother Grandma Jean. Description of location of different rooms in various houses.[00:20:07] Description of living in same street in Hartlepool for whole life; history of Belle Vue Sports and Youth Centre, it has been a great success; reasons why they joined the Residents Association, activities they have run and services they provide. Discussion about feeling/looking old, mention grandchildren they have.[00:29:14] Discussion about relatives who have changed/not changed their speech after moving to different places, reasons for this. Anecdote about grandchildren being thought posh by rich southerners. Discussion about changing their speech in different situations/with different people. Comment that as a young girl growing up in Bedlington her parents insisted that she spoke properly whereas the boys talked rough, this means that she isnt able to talk broad Geordie now whereas her brother and father can. Discussion about names for people from different areas of the country. Comment that Hartlepool accent varies throughout the town. Anecdote about kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland. Discussion about where feels like home to them, pride in good community where they live. Mention phrases used to mean moody.[00:45:30] Discussion about regional accents dying out, reasons for this; accents/manners/family traditions changing/being kept over generations. Mention influence of living in Hull on sons speech. Discussion about difference between male/female attitude towards changing accent to fit in, anecdote about woman changing speech when working as television presenter, change in acceptability of regional accents on television; difference in speech between siblings. Description of sisters with amusing way of speaking, anecdote about one leaving handbag on bus with false teeth in.[00:56:38] Discussion about origin of cuddy meaning left-handed. Anecdote about answering every question correctly on Fifteen to One (general knowledge television quiz show) while watching it at home. Mention words used to mean lacking money/drunk/pregnant. Meaning and use of jail-bait. Comment that voting age in Britain should be changed. Meaning and use of hobnail boots.

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    All five interviewees are members of the Residents' Association of the Belle Vue Sports and Youth Centre. 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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