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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Barnsley, South Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Fellows, Roy, (speaker, male, curator and art expert), Cole, Sarah Jane, (speaker, female), Sinclair, David, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Vernon-Edwards, Jennifer, 1970 March 06- (speaker, female)

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    Radio Sheffield

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about changing speech in different situations/with different people, difficulty of explaining meaning of Yorkshire word maungy.[00:04:33] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Comment that you can tell which part of Yorkshire people come from by listening to their accent.[00:08:42] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:12:49] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:14:24] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about using different words/changing speech depending on who theyre talking to/the situation theyre in; reasons for having lost some of their Barnsley accent; how their speech has changed over time and geographical location, how it reflects their background and what they have done in their life.[00:24:35] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:28:09] Discussion about attitudes towards their own accent/speech, how it can change as they speak, whether they consciously think about it, attitudes towards and assumptions about regional accents, difference between accent/dialect; examples of Yorkshire dialect words, when they would be avoided. Anecdote about her voice not being recognised on telephone. Discussion about attitudes towards Barnsley accent, their reaction to hearing it in the media.[00:38:00] Discussion about merging of regional accents/dialects, the new forms that are emerging, where regional accents are being retained; accents and social class. Discussion about local terms of endearment, local words, their favourite words; use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how this changes in different situations, how this has changed over time, description of consciously using swear words to gauge peoples reactions in business meetings, anecdote about relationship with colleague changing after he used a swear word over the telephone.

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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 three interviewees are all local artists.

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