BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Cowley, Oxfordshire

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Simon, 1970 June 18- (speaker, male, social worker), Abbots, Verity Ann, 1978 June 28- (speaker, female), Ranjit, Nicola, 1962 Feb. 05- (speaker, female), Walton, Heather, 1972 May 01- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Errington, Ursula, 1977 Nov. 10- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Oxford

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention how they would describe their accent. Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:11:08] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:13:54] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:18:09] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:21:13] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:32:33] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Anecdotes about the exhaustion that comes with being a new parent.[00:41:06] Discussion about changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, language used in Royal Air Force, Australian English, language used when working with rough sleepers. Anecdote about changing his word for goodbye in Sunderland. Discussion about accents being flexible, anecdotes about people changing their accent.[00:47:56] Discussion about Oxford speech, where words that they use come from, Oxford accent, grammatically incorrect speech being more acceptable now, Indian English.[00:50:44] Discussion about influence of technology on speech, texting language. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    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 four interviewees are all parents who use the Florence Park Family Centre, which provides support to parents with small children and babies.

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