BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Swadlincote, Derbyshire

  • Interviewees

    Hallam, Andy, 1962 Oct. 14- (speaker, male, self-employed mechanical engineer), Hallam, Mick, (speaker, male, former collier and semi-retired antique dealer), Jones, Laura, 1986 April 03- (speaker, female, student), Mansfield, Richard, 1986 Jan. 12- (speaker, male, Wilkinson, Alan, 1936 Aug. 25- (speaker, male, former collier)

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

  • Producers

    Radio Derby

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of how they know each other, mention experiences they have shared. Comment that different generations speak differently, mention difficulty he had learning spellings of words at school because they didnt match with how he pronounced them, physical punishment they received at school. Description of early family life in large family, how he speaks differently to his wife.[00:10:57] Discussion about their own speech, changing speech when in different places. Mention words used by younger generation that they dont understand. Anecdotes about school experiences.[00:15:58] Comment that he didnt know what truant meant until he left school, anecdotes about playing truant from school. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. More school memories. Description of games played when young. Mention words used to mean to rain heavily. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, words for local places, memories of growing up.[00:27:29] Anecdotes about working in coal mine as teenagers, walking to work in snow and thick fog, food they took to work, people they worked with.[00:35:18] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:39:22] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:40:19] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention words used to mean friend/baby. Description of growing up in large family living in small house, not sleeping in a bed till 15 years old. Mention words used to mean to sleep/to hit hard/left-handed.[00:46:18] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about use and meaning of gay, how this has changed over time, meaning of pants/naff, attitudes towards homosexuality in the past, absence of bullying when they were at school. Mention words used to mean mother/bread roll.[00:53:34] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdotes about swimming in brook when young, using outside toilets in past.[01:01:11] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Anecdote about buying cigarettes from his grandparents for his parents when young.[01:05:06] Description of working conditions down coal mines in past, explanation of words for various pieces of mining equipment, use of horses in coal mines. Speakers re-introduce themselves. Explanation of local words/phrases, amusing anecdotes about their use.

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    Alan and Mick are friends from childhood. Andy, Mick's son, is Laura's step-father and Richard is Laura's boyfriend. 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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