BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Groby, Leicestershire

  • Interviewees

    Burton, Jessica, (speaker, female, housewife), Stodd, Kevin, (speaker, male, market trader), Stodd, Neil, (speaker, male, market trader

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Leicester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about local area, Leicester accent, other people thinking theyre from Birmingham when abroad, language used when working on market, correcting their childrens speech. Mention words used to refer to parents, words used by grandmother in past.[00:08:59] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, swearing in market.[00:17:39] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:18:49] Discussion about speech of local people with Asian/Caribbean family backgrounds.[00:21:27] Discussion about how other people react to their speech, how they explain where theyre from in England, how they speak when staying at their house in Spain.[00:23:52] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:24:52] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention code words used by market traders to secretly draw attention to attractive women.[00:30:43] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:33:23] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:35:44] Discussion about regional accents, whether they should be discouraged in schools, changing accent in different situations/when talking to different people, picking up other peoples accent. Description of speech of American market trader.[00:39:31] Repetition of first thirty seconds of recording.

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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.

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