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

    Aneesa, Aswat, 1984 Nov. 14- (speaker, female, student), Arif, Ayeshah, 1984 March 31- (speaker, female, Collector, Ruqayyah, 1983 Sept. 07- (speaker, female, Patel, Zubeda, 1985 April 29- (speaker, female

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Leeds

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own accents, changing speech when talking to different people/in different places, picking up other peoples words/accents, attitudes towards regional accents, description of a Typical Accent, difference between Bradford Asian and Bradford Bradford accent, their use of Asian languages, how they would like their children to speak, how other people react to their accent.[00:17:15] Discussion about adjusting their speech at university for different reasons, using their Yorkshire accent to be accepted as a local; accent contrasting with external appearance, other peoples reaction to this; feeling connected to other people with Yorkshire accent. Fourth speaker arrives and introduces herself.[00:21:32] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about seeing young boy nicking off (playing truant) at train station, comment that they didnt play truant from school.[00:27:24] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention Muslim practice of eating with right hand, attitudes towards left-handed people.[00:43:44] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:48:00] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Explanation of words used by Asian people to describe Asians who have recently arrived in the United Kingdom or who are more culturally Asian than British. Mention words used to mean father.[00:57:43] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words used to mean underwear.[00:59:37] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that she often puts proper in front of words used to describe how she feels, such as proper buzzing meaning pleased and proper knackered for tired.[01:05:17] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing in English and Asian languages.[01:10:58] Discussion about their own and other peoples attitudes towards where they live (Batley and Bradford); involvement in politics. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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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 four interviewees are all young Muslim students who grew up in the Leeds/Bradford area.

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