BBC Voices

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

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:44:50

  • Shelf mark

    C1190/26/04

  • Recording date

    2004-11-16

  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

  • Interviewees

    Lack, Ira, 1950 May 19- (speaker, male, landlord), Martin, Alf, 1949 Sept. 01- (speaker, male, Smedley, Rita, (speaker, female, landlady)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Nottingham

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own speech, local accent, local use of terms of endearment, interviewers speech, pit talk, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing. Mention father trying to talk posh when people came to his house. Discussion about speech making you feel like an outsider, how young people speak, mention words that young people dont use now.[00:11:48] Discussion about local speech, mix of accents of different people working in coal mine, speaking differently at school, accents they like/dislike, what other people think of Mansfield accent, pride in local accent. Comment that local people are very welcoming. Discussion about how accent varies locally, how people speak on British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).[00:21:25] Mention words used to describe someone they find attractive, words/phrases used in pub trade.[00:24:15] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that his friend has picked up New Zealand accent after moving there. Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:29:03] Discussion about how their speech relates to their identity, changing speech in different situations. Anecdote about briefly changing his speech when worked as bread salesman, mention terms of endearment used locally.[00:33:58] Discussion about how young people speak, different pronunciations of local places, how they feel about their own speech, what people from other areas think about them/their speech, how people speak in Nottingham, closeness of local community.[00:39:02] Discussion about how speech varies locally, being able to distinguish where people are from by their accent, rivalries between local towns, people still feeling strongly about divisions caused by miners strike.[00:42:37] Mention words that people dont use any more locally, people trying to speak with Mansfield accent in films. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

  • Description

    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. 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 three interviewees have lived in the Mansfield area all their lives. Rita has been a landlady in the town for over 20 years; Alf and Ira are both ex-miners now running pubs.

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