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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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    Chulmleigh, Devon

  • Interviewers

    England, Kirk, 1973 July 31- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Devon

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of their family and family roots. Discussion about attitudes towards interviewers/their own/each others accent, comparison of how they each pronounce the word shorts, what influences their speech, other peoples attitudes towards the way they talk. Discussion about proper language and talking posh.[00:10:43] Description of Chulmleigh and nearby villages where they live. Discussion about their attitudes towards local area, what somebody from London might think about local area. Mention scheme in which London teenagers are brought to work on farm on Dartmoor for a week and love it. Discussion about attitudes towards living in rural area, positive and negative aspects. Mention animals they see in the local countryside, anecdote about seeing baby rabbits when walking in cornfield. Description of transport they use in local area, how far away they are from big towns.[00:20:47] Description of what they like to do in their spare time, keeping and riding horses, starting her first job in riding stables on Saturday, working on farm with his grandfather, animals he looks after on farm, what he has learnt about farming. Description of their friends, how they met them, what they do together.[00:27:33] Description of what they can see outside in Chulmleigh, the fields and countryside, how it compares to where they live. Description of their parents attitudes towards living in local area. Description of their own accent in comparison to each others, comment that your accent is just how you speak not who you are.

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    File (track) 1: complete interview. 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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