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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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    Dulverton, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    Balsom, Angela, 1945 April 30- (speaker, female), Chanter, Paul, 1951 March 28- (speaker, male), Fulford-Williams, John, 1954 May 07- (speaker, male), Huxtable, Norma, (speaker, female), Silverlock, Marion, 1944 Dec. 12- (speaker, female), Williams, Teresa, 1964 Aug. 05- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Thomas, Adam, (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Somerset Sound

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Discussion about local area, speakers describe their connections with Exmoor. Anecdote about refusing to move to Dulverton with family as teenager, she loves it now. Anecdotes about living in local area/people who live there. Discussion about how cider is drunk locally, how it has changed over time, anecdote about landlord refusing to serve cider with ice in it, meaning of snarlygug: congealed sediment at bottom of cider barrel. Comment that people never used to get drunk they got cidered up, effect of drinking a lot of cider on a persons nose. Description of his impression of local speech on moving to area as outsider. Discussion about use and meaning of local words/phrases/pronunciations, how speech changes on leaving immediate locality. Mention big difference in dialect and accent between Dulverton and North Devon.[00:14:56] Discussion about attitudes towards swearing and use of swear words. Anecdote about young daughter being told off for swearing at school because shed picked it up from mother. Anecdotes about being overheard swearing at dog.[00:19:38] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention words used to mean unattractive/to rain lightly/childs soft shoes worn for physical education.[00:21:43] Discussion about attitudes towards their childrens speech, anecdote about teacher thinking daughters Somerset accent was a speech impediment. Description of difficulty of understanding childrens speech when first taught at Exmoor primary school after living in Manchester. Mention meaning of local words/phrases. Description of local bread delivery man working his rounds, anecdote about his description of witnessing infidelities of customers.[00:30:15] Explanation of various local words and phrases not always understood by visitors. Anecdote about incomers who never really integrated, mention attitudes towards visitors. Anecdote about not understanding farming terms when first moved to area, local variation of farming terms. Mention influence of television on speech. Use and meaning of local terms dough bag and dreckly.[00:36:16] Speakers introduce themselves. Anecdotes about various local characters, mention things they used to do that probably wouldnt happen these days.[00:41:16] Discussion about how local pubs have changed over time, how this has affected the way people socialise, comment that this is happening in other rural areas in Britain. Anecdotes about advantages/disadvantages of father being policeman in small local community as a teenager. Discussion about changes in local area, increase in house prices, national standardisation of entertainment and education, the effects these have on peoples speech. Attitudes towards Europe, new market/farming legislations that they feel have been forced upon them, losing local curiosities. Anecdote about barman in Spain ignoring health and safety precautions. Anecdote about farmer being asked by local authority to carry on driving his cows through town after retiring because it was such a popular tourist attraction, mention that when his cows ate wild garlic it affected the taste of their milk. Anecdotes about incomers not adapting to country life very well.

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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 six interviewees are all friends from Dulverton.

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