BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Grenoside, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Gillespie, Thomas, (speaker, male, part-time sales assistant and student), Stone, Adam, (speaker, male, trainee plumber), Stone, John, (speaker, male, retired steelworker), Stone, Roger (junior), (speaker, male, trainee architect), Stone, Roger (senior), (speaker, male, self-employed fast food outlet owner), Vernon, David, 1973 Feb. 25- (speaker, male, fundraiser), White, Peter, (speaker, male, engineer at steelworks), Stone, Linda, (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

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    Radio Sheffield

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Anecdote about upsetting woman at work who he thought was ugly. Words used to mean toilet/grandmother/grandfather/kit of tools/to play truant. Description of attractive wife. Comment that lots of expressions used in steel works to mean attractive relate to sex.[00:15:36] Description of use of swear words when young, when working in steel works, example of steel work language, use of swear words after becoming Christian, how his speech is different in interview to how he speaks to Pete, how it has changed over time. Discussion about changing speech in different situations/with different people, attitudes towards regional accents, relationship between speech and education and between speech and self-identity. Anecdote about meeting business men who appeared to be successful because they spoke poshly but whose businesses had actually failed. Description of correct speech, experiences of interacting with people who speak correctly/poshly.[00:30:03] Comment that he speaks more clearly when he reads poetry aloud, demonstration of reading poem. Discussion of words used to mean moody/narrow walkway between or alongside buildings. Favourite words/words they use a lot; use and meaning of love, commonly used in Sheffield between men with no sexual connotations. Anecdote about using knackered to mean tired at church. Discussion about how they speak when theyre angry, how his speech changes when he goes back to Parsons Cross where he grew up.[00:44:16] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of how accent varies across Sheffield, adapting speech when working with people from Barnsley, names for people from different areas of Sheffield used in past. Anecdote about taking billy can to father who worked in coal mine. Stories about antics that occurred when working in steel works. Anecdote about blacksmiths shop where he worked aged 14 being flattened during air raid in Second World War.

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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 eight interviewees are all members of the Stone family, born and bred in the north of Sheffield.

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