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Conversation in Burton upon Trent about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire

  • Interviewees

    Bailey, Angela, 1963 March 30- (speaker, female, education development officer), Barnes, Ashley, 1985 June 03- (speaker, male, part-time warehouse worker), Franklin Watson da 1st, Levi, 1984 Aug. 11- (speaker, male, interviewee), Staple, Merle, (speaker, male, tyre factory worker), Tafari, Amlak, 1965 Jan. 20- (speaker, male, musician and mentor/support officer), Douglas, David Albert, 1942 June 14- (speaker, male)

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    Ramroop, Marsha, 1976 May 16- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Derby

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own speech, speaking both English and Jamaican patwa, changing speech when talking to different people. Stories of moving to Burton from Jamaica in 1960s, mention how they know each other.[00:09:01] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion about how they talk to their parents.[00:17:50] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that in Jamaican people say him to refer to a male or female.[00:31:22] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of room in house that was only used when visitors came round in past. Discussion about attitudes towards and behaviour of children, how these have changed over time. Amusing anecdote about brother taking instructions from adult very literally when young. Description of catching shrimps with hands/basket in river in Jamaica. Discussion about poor living conditions on arriving in Burton compared to Jamaica.[00:45:27] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:52:08] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:53:14] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Remark that different generations use different words. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    All six interviewees represent three generations of Jamaican friends who live in Burton. 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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