BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Sheffield, South Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Bennett, Leon, (speaker, male, student), Bennett, Nathan, (speaker, male), Bright, Jamal, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Sheffield

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention attitudes towards being drunk; when he would use slang.[00:12:53] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention use of breezing to mean moving quickly.[00:16:16] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention slang nicknames for friends, how they are created.[00:25:48] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Description of how he speaks more dialect when he gets angry. Anecdotes about times when they felt pleased.[00:31:14] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing.[00:36:48] Discussion about changing speech in different situations/with different people, reasons for this, speaking properly. Description of their accent/speech. Comment that he changed his accent to fit in when arrived in England from Jamaica as a child, now wishes he hadnt. Comment that his group purposely annoy him before he goes into recording booth in studio to cause him to speak in dialect, they think this sounds better.[00:44:32] Discussion about their favourite words. Comment that he enjoys looking through dictionary and learning new words. Description of language they use in their music. Description of his accent, remark that he likes Birmingham accent.[00:49:38] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:51:25] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention Jamaican word used to mean insane. Description of the way they are dressed and what they are trying to say by their choice of clothes, explanation of crew clothes, how their clothing reflects/disrupts ideas about their interests/self-identity. Discussion about how both appearance and speech are used to judge other people, relationship between appearance, speech and self-identity. Description of how people react to him as a result of his appearance. Anecdote about men unexpectedly smashing up the bar he worked in, their appearance wasnt scary. Demonstration of freestyling.

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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.

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