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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Clun, Shropshire

  • Interviewees

    Davies, Nathan Thomas, 1985 Nov. 22- (speaker, male, farmer), Davies, Ryan, 1981 July 24- (speaker, male, export adviser to farming community), Davies, Wayne, 1980 Feb.15- (speaker, male, civil servant), Emma, 1988 June 08- (speaker, female, student), Matthews, Kate, 1982 July 17- (speaker, female, part-time farming supplies business)

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    Cleere, Michael, 1960 Jan. 07- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Shropshire

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Interviewer introduces speakers. Discussion about Clun Valley Young Farmers, activities they do, future of farming, how it contributes to local community.[00:04:57] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention exclamations they would use. Explanation of words they use that their parents wouldnt understand, influence of media. Discussion about local words/phrases that people outside Shropshire dont understand, their own accent, terms of endearment.[00:21:01] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Explanation of welly wanging. Mention words used to mean to vomit.[00:27:23] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Explanation of use and meaning of various local words.[00:39:14] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdote about policeman not understanding mizzle. Mention phrases they use deliberately so outsiders wont understand.[00:45:48] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:50:10] Discussion about Clun, Welsh influence on local speech, meaning of Clun, other peoples attitude towards people from Clun. How they feel about people from other areas of Shropshire, being associated with Wales, strong sense of local community, how they joke with each other.[00:59:43] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about their use of like.[01:03:13] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[01:05:38] Mention their favourite words. Nathan sings briefly.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 five interviewees are all active members of Clun Valley Young Farmers.

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