BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Barker, Gemma, 1984 Oct. 26- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

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    Radio Humberside

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, describe what they do outside of dance school, what they did before they were there, courses they have done in the past. Description of where they live; local fishing industry; history of Hessel Road area and its community, how it has changed over time, old house she lived in as a child; living on Willerby Road.[00:16:42] Discussion about their attitudes towards Hull/attitudes of people from outside Hull, whats good about Hull, how it has changed over time. Anecdotes about feeling threatened by young people in Hull. Description of various good nights out in Hull, young people binge drinking. Anecdote about going to gay bar.[00:29:41] Description of how they got interested in dance, different types of dance they do, what they enjoy about dancing, the high points of their dancing career so far, dancing in local clubs. Anecdote about impressing girl on dance floor in club. Description of process of choreography, enjoying teaching dance.[00:44:24] Description of the way they speak, other peoples attitudes towards their accent, attitudes towards regional accents. Anecdote about friend from Doncaster making up rhyme about her accent. Discussion about changing speech in different situations/to different people; people judging them on their speech; local geographical and generational variation in Hull accent; variation in peoples speech north/south of river Humber; local nicknames.[00:54:47] Mention words used to mean playing truant. Discussion about having telephone voice, parents correcting their speech. Anecdote about speech being corrected by teacher/boyfriend. Discussion about future of regional accents; accents and self-identity; use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing.[01:03:06] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdotes about playing truant.[01:06:05] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Attitudes towards left-handed people. Mention shutting down of De La Pole mental hospital in Hull.[01:12:19] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that he once measured a local ten foot (alleyway) and it was ten feet wide.[01:14:16] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Description of townies, what they wear, how they speak, where they can be found.[01:18:36] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[01:19:29] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[01:20:41] Mention words currently used by young people that arent always understood by older people, pride in their northern accent, whether it might hinder them in the future as dancers. Description of their ambitions for the future in terms of dancing.

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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 three interviewees are all dance group members from the Northern Academy of Performing Arts in Hull.

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