BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Sleaford, Lincolnshire

  • Interviewees

    Bland, Ben, 1986 Sept. 23- (speaker, male, sixth-form student), Farrell, John, 1986 Oct. 10- (speaker, male), Gray, Sarah, 1987 May 16- (speaker, female), Karen, 1987 July 23- (speaker, female), Love, Kyle, 1986 Sept. 09- (speaker, male), Maya, 1987 Aug. 25- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Lincolnshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about their own speech, changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, regional accents, Sleaford accent.[00:05:52] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion about influence of television on their speech.[00:09:50] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:12:36] Discussion about how speech is changing over time, assumptions they make about other people based on their accent, picking up other peoples accents, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how this has changed over time.[00:19:01] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about influence of music on their speech, language and race, lack of ethnic diversity in Sleaford, religious diversity in Sleaford.[00:27:47] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:32:11] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that women use different language to men when talking about another persons attractiveness, he would also use different words depending on whether he was talking to a woman or a man.[00:36:23] Discussion about how they would speak when chatting somebody up, use of swear words. What it was like going to a single-sex school, local school system.[00:43:46] Discussion about their own speech, other peoples reactions to their speech, assumptions they make about various regional accents. Lincolnshire accent, how accent varies locally, attitudes towards regional accents, use of regional accents in advertisements/on news programmes/in call centres/in films. Discussion about lack of ethnic diversity in local area.[00:52:17] Discussion about future of regional accents, how they have changed over time, regional French accents, how they feel about their speech. 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 six interviewees are all students at Sleaford Joint Sixth Form.

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