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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Arnesby, Leicestershire

  • Interviewees

    Ammat, Neil, 1983 June 02- (speaker, male, whipper-in/assistant to huntsmaster), Gilbert, Ian, 1936 Feb. 20- (speaker, male, farmer), Hopkins, Derek, 1956 May 07- (speaker, male, huntsman), Parker, Christopher, 1959 June 14- (speaker, male, interviewee), Hill, Toby, 1936 April 11- (speaker, male)

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    Hollis, Jo, 1969 Aug. 04- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Leicester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own accents, how other people react to their speech, variety of accents of people involved in hunting. Changing their speech in different situations, their involvement in hunting, north/south accent divide, and Leicestershire accent.[00:09:51] Discussion about hunting, description of what it involves, what they like about it. Description of old practice of blooding, experiences of anti-hunt protesters, language used by protesters about hunters, how other people view hunting.[00:23:17] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:28:05] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:31:57] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:38:34] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:41:29] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father.[00:46:28] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about clothes worn for hunting, hunting etiquette, mention hunting with Prince Charles.[00:55:33] Discussion about impending hunting ban, their attitudes towards it, how it will affect their lives, how they think it will affect the countryside, their passion for the culture of hunting. Mention military influence on hunting language and dress, explanation of various hunting terms. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 five interviewees are all involved with the local hunt. Two of the members of the group are paid employees of the hunt, two are farmers and another is the hunt secretary.

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