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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

  • Interviewees

    Inigo, 1988 July 16- (speaker, male), Jake, 1988 July 13- (speaker, male), Steve, 1988 Jan. 12- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Dexter, Christine, 1958 Jan. 01- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Humberside

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, discussion about attitudes towards Grimsby/Cleethorpes, what they do there. Description of Trin Youth Club, their involvement with skateboarding/BMXing, local BMX/skateboarding facilities, studying at Grimsby College compared to being at school.[00:16:12] Description of BMXing, what inspires them, moves they do, clothes they wear, activities and events they have been involved in, places they have been, other peoples attitudes towards their BMXing. Anecdote about old man enjoying watching them BMXing in grounds of old peoples home.[00:29:20] Description of their own speech, changing their speech when talking to different people/in different situations, having speech therapy when younger because he couldnt pronounce some words. Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, how accent varies locally, nicknames for local people, what influences their speech, how his mother corrects his speech. Mention accents revealing peoples regional identity in film Football Factory. Anecdote about imitating teachers unusual pronunciation of horizontal.[00:45:51] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, what they consider to be the worst swear word.[00:51:57] Discussion of words used to mean to play truant/drunk. Attitudes towards getting drunk. Discussion of words used to mean grandmother/father/childs soft shoes worn for physical education/hot/cold/attractive/unattractive/annoyed/friend. Comment that he wouldnt tell someone that he thought they were ugly. Mention things that annoy them.[01:00:27] Discussion about language of BMXing, language used by young people, examples of this; words used to mean pregnant, use of cool, older people using language/wearing clothes to try to fit in with young people. Anecdotes about instances when they had to bail, meaning run away fast. Discussion about how their speech might impact on their career choices.[01:08:46] Discussion about attitudes towards northern accent, accent of pikeys, how accent reveals someones geographic origin. Speakers re-introduce themselves, mention something they want to get done this year, their hopes for a new skate park in Grimsby/Cleethorpes.

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    BBC warning: This interview contains strong or offensive language. 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 three interviewees are all BMX bike enthusiasts and youth club members.

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