BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

  • Interviewees

    Davis, Peter, 1955 March 04- (speaker, male, telesales team leader), Hallam, Steven, 1955 March. 06- (speaker, male, customer services), Baguley, Paul, 1967 June 27- (speaker, male), Wilson, Raymond, 1944 Dec. 17- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Julian, Sarah, 1976 April 11- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Nottingham

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about Nottingham, type of people who live there, Nottingham accent, how accent varies locally, how different areas vary locally, behaviour of young people today, how a persons speech indicates their background.[00:11:06] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:12:41] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:14:28] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:18:25] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:21:28] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:25:45] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:26:32] Discussion about polari, language used within gay community in past/now, changing their behaviour depending on where they are.[00:36:54] Discussion about their own speech, local words that people from other areas dont understand, anecdote about trying to buy a chip cob in Yorkshire, words from elsewhere that they had difficulty understanding at first, how his German partner corrects his English. Mention use of polari word lily law to mean police.[00:42:20] Discussion about changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, his speech being corrected at school, politeness.[00:46:09] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing. 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 members of Breakout, a group for older gay men in Nottingham.

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