BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Osgodby, Lincolnshire

  • Interviewees

    East, Teresa, 1981 Nov. 19- (speaker, female, welder), Grebby, Sheena, (speaker, female, teacher), Rivett, Loretta Marian (&, quot, Titch&, ), 1953 Dec. 12- (speaker, female, interviewee, lecturer in horticulture and conservation), Smith, Hedley, 1946 June 21- (speaker, male, farmer), Smith, Sandra, 1947 Sept. 23- (speaker, female, music teacher)

  • Interviewers

    Hallam, Nigel, 1951 Jan. 19- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Lincolnshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they are from. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about local weather, anecdotes about very cold winters in past, mention word used to mean gaps in hedges where the snow comes through.[00:08:30] Discussion about having elocution lessons in past, reasons why they had them, difficulties teaching children Standard English today without inferring that their natural speech is wrong, how speech affects spelling. Recitation of part of poem she was taught as a child.[00:11:35] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about use of swearing and attitudes towards swearing. Mention phrase used to mean getting better.[00:21:43] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:26:51] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention influence of American/Australian English on British English. Mention word used to mean toilet, words used to mean ladies underwear.[00:33:37] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father, local phrases that mean mind your own business. Description of bird-watching in countryside in past. Explanation of Lincolnshire expressions little old boy/old boy.[00:50:08] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention phrases used by her grandfather. Anecdote about her use of pick being misunderstood. Mention words used to mean low padded cushion seat.[01:00:28] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Stories about being left-handed.[01:14:17] Discussion about their use of dialect words. Anecdote about participating in a survey of Lincolnshire words. Mention use of swarm to mean climb. 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 interviewees are all friends of Titch Rivett.

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