BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Corby, Northamptonshire

  • Interviewees

    Arnold, Emma, 1973 Aug. 29- (speaker, female), Butcher, Mary, 1956 April 26- (speaker, female), Eady, Lawrence, 1941 Sept. 18- (speaker, male), Oliver, Patricia, 1970 March 11- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Gilder, Willy, 1953 March 06- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Northampton

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about jargon used in Asda, influence of America on language and store culture. Discussion about their own speech, their family background, Scottish influence on speech in Corby, Corby speech, Kettering accent, finding Scottish accent difficult to understand.[00:15:20] Discussion about their parents influence on their speech, their reactions to various regional accents, how they deal with accents they cant understand. How local speech has changed over time, speaking properly/Queens English, how their children/grandchildren speak, picking up other peoples accent[00:26:01] Discussion about Corby speech, local words, Scottish words. Mention that the Corby Asda store is officially a Scots store, high popularity of Scottish products in local area. Discussion about how other people in Northamptonshire view Corby, how Corby population and therefore speech is changing over time.[00:32:27] Discussion about regional accents, accents they look down on, Norfolk accent, accents on television/radio, accent and class.[00:35:43] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how acceptability of it has changed over time, children swearing, how they react to other people swearing, swearing on television.[00:43:11] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:45:51] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:47:34] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:50:16] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:53:08] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:54:12] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used within their family. 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 four interviewees are all work colleagues at Asda in Corby.

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