BBC Voices

Conversation in South Milford about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    South Milford, North Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Robinson, Andrew, 1960 Feb. 22- (speaker, male, company director - food distribution), Robinson, Derrick, 1934 March 02- (speaker, male, retired greengrocer), Robinson, Sophie, 1993 Jan. 13- (speaker, female, school pupil)

  • Interviewers

    Robinson, Hilary, 1962 Jan. 23- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Leeds

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of family fruit and vegetable business. Anecdotes about bagging nuts/skinning onions/washing celery aged eight; description of storing and preparing mixed nuts in bulk for Christmas in pre-supermarket days, preparing celery for sale in shop in past. Anecdote about buying celery from old Kirkgate market in Leeds, how market has changed over time, anecdote about porter transporting thirty cases of oranges on hand cart. Discussion about how value of money has changed over time.[00:15:48] Mention falling off horse and breaking arm. Description of great-grandfathers job as mining farrier, anecdote about watching him work; description of working in coal mine, learning the trade; anecdote about lights going off down pit, story of man getting trapped in mine shaft, how he was rescued.[00:29:23] Discussion of words used to mean cold/annoyed. Explanation of Yorkshire phrases meaning shut the door and do you want to go to the toilet?; description of using outside toilet in past, different types of toilet. Comment that she goes home a bit more Yorkshire after spending time with her grandfather. Mention word used to mean trousers, origin of got the monk on meaning moody. Words used to mean rain heavily/throw/to play truant. Discussion about changing speech when talking to different people; speaking properly/poshly.[00:38:59] Description of physical discipline at Derricks school, discussion about how it compares to discipline used in schools today, the effect it has on wider society. Story about delivering groceries after school on Fridays by bicycle to teacher who gave him money then caned him on Monday mornings; anecdote about being caned for fighting at high school, fathers reaction to Andrew trick-or-treating when young.[00:54:08] Description of what Derrick used to do after school when young, anecdote about ignoring mother and eating corner cake/scuffler with treacle in street; origin of scuffler name for cake. Description of village bonfire party.

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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 represent three generations of a Castleford family.

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