BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Leicester, Leicestershire

  • Interviewees

    Chapman, Charlotte, 1987 Jan. 30- (speaker, female, sixth-form student), Hathiari, Nisreen, (speaker, female, Joshi, Minu, 1986 Sept. 04- (speaker, female, Percival, Steve, (speaker, male, Reilly, Dominique, 1986 April 24- (speaker, female, Sheth, Shruti, 1987 June 21- (speaker, female, Wallace, Robyn, 1987 May 06- (speaker, female, Weston, Rebecca, 1986 Sept. 14- (speaker, female

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Leicester

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own accents, local words, changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing. How her speech has changed since moving to school in city, language used by Asian people, how speech varies locally, how their parents have influenced their speech.[00:12:27] Discussion about bilingualism, use of Gujarati swear words, picking up slang from music, use and meaning of various words/phrases.[00:17:47] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Use of well/so/like in their speech.[00:22:50] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention words she learnt when she lived in London, influence of television/music.[00:27:23] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:32:23] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention how people speak in Hinckley, Leicester habit of over-pronouncing eh at the end of words.[00:36:04] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention habit of adding ski to the end of words, words used to mean television remote control. Description of a chav.[00:41:46] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention phrase she uses that other people might not understand, influence of texting on their speech.[00:43:28] Discussion about other people judging them on their speech, judging other people on their speech, how accent varies locally, use of innit.[00:47:24] Discussion about bilingualism, use of Gujarati in Leicester, how their speech differs from their grandparents/parents. Attitudes towards people imitating Asian/Black accent in Leicester, comedy based on this, racism. Mention whether they think they will move away from local area and if they would keep their accent.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. 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 eight interviewees are all English Language 'A' Level students at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Leicester.

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