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Conversation in Penzance about accent, dialect and attitudes to language

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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    Penzance, Cornwall

  • Interviewees

    Davey, Nina, 1962 Feb. 14- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Cargeeg, Alan, 1950 Dec. 25- (speaker, male, electrical contractor), Cargeeg, Ken, 1923 Jan. 02- (speaker, male, postman and farmer), Collins, Reuben, 1923 June 30- (speaker, male, farmer), Hosken, Timothy, 1961 Oct. 28- (speaker, male, transport supervisor), Prout, Michael, (speaker, male, ministry worker), Wallis, Nigel, 1959 Aug. 07- (speaker, male, postman)

  • Producers

    Radio Cornwall

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention words used to mean smelly. [00:06:54] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention games they used to play. [00:10:50] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention when they would wear different types of shoes as children. [00:12:52] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. [00:21:06] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention ways of differentiating between multiple grandmothers in stepfamilies and those with great-grandmothers. Anecdote about meeting attractive lady at party who couldnt sing. Mention photograph in local newspaper of Prince Charles with The Great Pilchard written behind him. [00:31:40] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdote about man offending woman by comparing her to a chute (stream). American tourist asking for the urinal and old sailor thinking he was referring to a ship. Mention meaning and use of addled. [00:38:45] Discussion about language/accent they sing in, different to way they speak for lots of songs but not all; Cornish language/accent. Changing speech in different situations/with different people; other peoples attitudes towards/preconceptions about Cornish accent, pride in Cornish accent, variation in accent across the county. Annoyance at how Cornish people are portrayed in the media, comment that they are always given slow Somerset accents. Comment that the pace of life is slower locally than elsewhere but their speech is faster. Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, other people having difficulty understanding their speech.

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    All six interviewees are members of the Marazion Apollo Male choir. 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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