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Conversation in Two Dales about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Two Dales, near Matlock, Derbyshire

  • Interviewees

    Coates, Nick, 1974 Oct. 09- (speaker, male, master butcher), Coates, Roger, 1950 June 17- (speaker, male, Coates, Tanya, 1977 Aug. 18- (speaker, female, housewife), Millward, Royston (Roo), 1972 June 21- (speaker, male, interviewee, farmer), Salt, Anthony, 1965 Oct. 23- (speaker, male, Strutt, Andrew, 1981 May 19- (speaker, male, welder)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Derby

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, discussion about their own accents, changing speech when on telephone, mention words specific to farming. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention games played as children.[00:07:03] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention their favourite Derbyshire sayings, phrases used in Butchers shops.[00:13:44] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used by their grandparents that they dont use now.[00:17:29] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:20:54] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Anecdotes about their schooldays, explanation of words specific to tug of war.[00:24:31] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:26:06] Discussion about their speech, how local it is, where their families live: they are all very local, comment that this probably because of the traditional jobs they do. Discussion about language used in farming, attitudes towards regional accents, how names for cuts of meat vary locally.[00:33:05] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how people speak in local community, how local peoples working patterns have changed over time, what type of people shop in local butchers, how foot and mouth disease affected their farms and butchers shop. Speakers re-introduce themselves. Mention saying he remembers his grandmother using when he was young.

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    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. The interviewees consist of a father, his son, the son's wife and brother-in-law, and two friends. All six interviewees are villagers in Two Dales, a farming community near Matlock.

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