BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Corby, Northamptonshire

  • Interviewees

    MacInnes, Tracy, 1970 Oct. 26- (speaker, female), Martindale, Graham, 1944 Aug. 09- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Northampton

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS, words used to describe ACTIONS, words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention word used to mean lacking money.[00:02:22] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS, words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES, words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:05:30] Discussion about their speech, their Scottish accents, family background, their parents speech, explanation of Scottish words/expressions, how her children speak. Discussion about Corby, how Scottish is it, how other people react to their speech, having difficulty understanding some regional accents, slowing down her speech since moving to Corby, how people speak in Glasgow. How Corby and the way people speak there is changing over time, friendliness of people in Corby. Mention regional words/phrases they use that people from other areas of the country dont understand, anecdotes about using them.[00:18:27] Discussion about how her children speak, how much she tries to influence their speech, his brother keeping Scottish accent after living in United States for over forty years, regional accents they have/dont have difficulty understanding. Mention thinking she was turned down for a call centre job because of her Scottish accent. Discussion about Northamptonshire accent, regional accents they notice when other people speak.[00:23:28] Discussion about Scottish accent in Corby, how it varies in different families, how people react to her childrens speech locally/in Glasgow, importance of regional accents. Changing her speech when talking to customers, accent and class, experiences of serving people from different classes.[00:29:04] Discussion about aspects of society that annoy them, how young people speak today, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, attitudes towards Glasgow, variation in Glaswegian accent.[00:33:47] Discussion about terms of endearment, future of Corby speech and Scottish accent in Corby, how they feel about it. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    Both interviewees have Scottish backgrounds and work at Asda in Corby. Tracy has come down from Glasgow to live in the town, whereas Graham was born in Corby of Scottish parents. 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.

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