BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Lincoln, Lincolnshire

  • Interviewees

    Deakin, Dean, 1980 July 05- (speaker, male), Fottles, Mark, 1967 May 28- (speaker, male), Saunders, Brian, 1965 June 12- (speaker, male), Wheeler, Lee, 1981 July 13- (speaker, male), Whittaker, Peter, 1980 March 28- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Lincolnshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:03:04] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:04:49] Discussion about language used in prison, how being in prison has affected their speech, explanation of various words they use.[00:07:02] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:08:17] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention various meanings of sucker, words used to mean bread roll in different areas of the country.[00:14:25] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:20:51] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:24:57] Discussion about how other peoples speech affects their opinion of them, importance of being shown respect, posh speech, how people speak in prison. Changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, how they feel about their own accent. Mention privileges structure in prison.[00:30:52] Discussion about life in prison, keeping up with the outside world, how they pass the time, what they think about while they are inside, getting on with the other prisoners. Mention ex-prisoner who is trying to get his life story published, what speaker is going to do when he is released tomorrow. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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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 five interviewees are all inmates of HMP Lincoln.

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