BBC Voices

Conversation in St Feock about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    St Feock, Cornwall

  • Interviewees

    Davey, Gerald, 1929 Oct. 30- (speaker, male, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), Dunstan, Ivor, 1916 Dec. 22- (speaker, male, engineer and civil service), Hambly, Maureen, 1936 July 24- (speaker, female, housewife), Robins, Valerie, 1935 July 27- (speaker, female, retired domestic help)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Cornwall

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:03:07] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention games they used to play as children. Description of physical punishment they received as children. Anecdote about being caned for playing marbles in caretakers premises at school, being caned for laughing during prayer time. Mention words used to mean annoyed.[00:09:10] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words used in the past to describe children who didnt have any shoes.[00:12:02] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that in the past school teachers would tie a left-handed childs left-hand behind their back to force them to write with their right hand.[00:20:12] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdote about mother walking down Squeeze Guts Alley in Truro. Description of using outside toilet in the past, cutting newspaper into squares for toilet paper.[00:26:07] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Explanation of phrase cut your hand have you? said to person eating a pasty, mention joke about boy who thought hed had a baby elephant.

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    All four interviewees are members of a lunch group who meet once a fortnight at a Sunday school. 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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