BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Northampton, Northamptonshire

  • Interviewees

    Emmy, 1988 March 05- (speaker, female, student), Loya, 1987 Aug. 12- (speaker, female), Miranda, 1988 July 18- (speaker, female), Robin, 1987 Aug. 26- (speaker, male), Scott, 1987 Aug. 08- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Northampton

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own speech, new words being introduced into the language by young people/people from different cultures, speaking posh, picking up other peoples speech, trying not to talk like a towny. How young people speak today, proper English, changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, being corrected by their parents.[00:09:26] Mention words they use with their friends, words used to mean drunk. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing. Mention words used to mean really bad/really good, words they would never use, racial terms, words describing disabilities, words used to describe attractive/unattractive male/female. Discussion about textspeak, how texting has affected the way they speak, influence of media on their speech, influence of black culture/music on speech of white people. Mention what kind of music they like.[00:19:50] Mention word used to mean lacking money. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:22:12] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention differences between language used by girls/boys, words used to describe very sexually active person. Comment that words used to describe women who are sexually promiscuous are more negative than those for men who behave in the same way.[00:25:23] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:27:46] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father. Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:33:13] Discussion about Northampton, other peoples reactions to their speech, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, being polite.[00:37:56] Discussion about accents they like/dislike/have difficulty understanding, regional accents on television, the Queens speech.[00:41:53] Discussion about future of regional accents, parents using their words, growing out of using slang, explanation of words/phrases they use.[00:44:17] Mention their interests/hobbies outside college. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language from the start. 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 media studies students at Northampton College.

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