BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Leicester, Leicestershire

  • Interviewees

    Allen, Ashley, 1986 Nov. 09- (speaker, male, roofing contractor), Hunt, Lisa, 1974 March 26- (speaker, female, purchasing controller), Lees, Anita, 1975 July 06- (speaker, female, machinist), Matt, 1989 Feb. 20- (speaker, male, sixth-form student)

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

  • Producers

    Radio Leicester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention how they know each other. Discussion about their own speech, how speech varies locally, language used at football matches, how they got interested in watching football, number of female supporters of various football clubs.[00:07:20] Discussion about football chants and songs, favourite players, other teams that have friendly fans.[00:11:41] Discussion about their own speech, other people not understanding them, accents they like/dislike, whether they have a northern or southern accent, influence of television, Leicester speech.[00:17:00] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:18:51] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:19:55] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention that she can write backwards and upside down because shes left-handed.[00:25:29] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:27:06] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Description of a chav/chavette. Mention friend who ridicules their accent.[00:34:38] Discussion about pride in being from Leicester, importance of supporting Leicester City football team, difference between rugby and football, best/most emotional game theyve ever been to, Leicester City tattoos.[00:44:23] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:46:06] Discussion about introducing children to football, etiquette around watching football, language used at football matches, racist chants, racial diversity of Leicester City football fans, change in atmosphere after changing to seated stadiums.[00:55:09] Discussion about how their speech differs from their grandparents, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing. 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 four interviewees are all Leicester City football fans who met through an online message board.

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