BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Mawla, Cornwall

  • Interviewees

    Ellis, Jeanette, 1947 Aug. 25- (speaker, female, nurse), Mason, Madeline, 1943 Jan. 05- (speaker, female, retired banker), Simmons, Peter, 1934 Dec. 10- (speaker, male, farmer), Watts, Brian, 1940 April 06- (speaker, male, retired welder), Watts, Heidi, 1939 April 21- (speaker, female, retired office worker)

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

  • Producers

    Radio Cornwall

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that they dont pronounce the G on the end of freezing.[00:03:03] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant as a child. Mention people from Chacewater are called scat-ups, multiple meanings of one scat behind used to mean not quite with it as well as behind everybody else for example in a race, the scats meaning the runs.[00:07:10] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about how their language has changed as they have got older and interacted with more people coming into the county who dont understand the slang words they use. Comment that hes talking more poshly in interview than he does at home. Mention difficulty of understanding farm-workers heavy Cornish dialect. Description of difficulty of understanding broad Cornish accent on moving to Cornwall, meaning and use of dreckly. [00:16:30] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:17:43] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. [00:21:50] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that they were only allowed into front room on Sundays/at Christmas. Mention local brooks/streams, fishing in one when young. Anecdote about filling bath with water from chute for mother to do washing on Sunday nights, drinking from chute coming out of wall when cricking (picking up sticks for fire) as a child. Mention local use of pick it in to mean bring the washing in, wound up like a Torpoint chicken used to describe patient, meaning of Cornish word teasy used in the phrase teasy as an adder. Anecdote about someone saying perspiration blanket instead of sweat blanket, use of the word sweat.

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    All five interviewees are methodists who attend Mawla chapel. 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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