BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Leeds, West Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Collins, Tony, 1961 Oct. 09- (speaker, male, sports historian), Gibbons, Trevor, 1960 May 15- (speaker, male, online journalist), Marchant, Tony, (speaker, male, former Castleford and GB rugby league player)

  • Interviewers

    Davy, Kate, 1968 March 02- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Leeds

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, describe where they have lived. Discussion about their own accents; changing speech in different situations; preconceptions about and attitudes towards regional accents; language used by spectators shouting from terraces at rugby matches, anecdote about hearing Cumbrian man shouting yan man rugby; examples of different regional words for sweets. Discussion about different words used to mean narrow walkway between or alongside buildings/go-cart/to play.[00:15:02] Discussion about using regional vocabulary in different areas, how their children speak, correcting their childrens speech. Anecdote about being stood between Hull fan and Castleford fan at rugby match and feeling like his accent was in between the two. Description of Australian influence on language of Rugby League; discussion about origin of names for positions of rugby players, variation in use of football/rugby/rugger to describe Rugby League; accents of Rugby League/Rugby Union players and coaches; description of Castleford-born player who can speak in both a posh accent as well as a local one. Description of how Rugby League game has changed over time, the change in team names.[00:30:12] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:33:15] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that the words they use now are different to those used as teenagers.[00:41:22] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of rooms of house at different times. Discussion about different pronunciations of vowels in different areas of Yorkshire, anecdote about being teased at school in Essex for Hull pronunciation of no.[00:49:09] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents. Comment that language relates to social class as well as geographic region.[00:55:30] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Anecdote about not understanding that pumps meant sand-shoes as a child on holiday in Devon. Mention use of thongs to mean flip-flops in Australia.[00:58:21] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention use of chuff as a euphemism. Comment that they wouldnt often express annoyance verbally. Discussion about different pronunciations of scones, difficulty of ascertaining which one is poshest; slang words used as children. Description of his attitude towards his own accent. Discussion about the absence of accents in singing; accent of characters in EastEnders.

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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 all claim strong northern identities and share a passionate interest in rugby league.

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