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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Ilminster, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    Anna, 1987 Aug. 31- (speaker, female), Claire, 1988 June 22- (speaker, female), Lucas, Adam, 1984 Feb. 11- (speaker, male), Meecham, Caroline, 1981 June 13- (speaker, female), Meecham, Richard, 1980 Aug. 12- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Thomas, Adam, (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Somerset Sound

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of their involvement with Ilminster Young Farmers, activities they do, mention their parents' involvement in past.[00:03:05] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention pronunciation of gate he learnt from grandmother, word her mother wouldnt allow her to use. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Mention their occupations. Discussion about where they learnt the words they use.[00:09:13] Discussion about their own/other peoples attitudes towards their accents, Somerset/West country accent, changing speech when talking to different people, how speech changes across local area/in different counties. Picking up other peoples words/accents without realising, attitudes towards regional accents.[00:13:44] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion about attractiveness of West Country accent in comparison to posh accent.[00:16:48] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about influence of television on speech.[00:21:50] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Anecdotes about going on shopping trip to buy shoes as children. Description of local independent department store Dyers that has recently shut down. Mention use and meaning of West Country/Somerset words/phrases.[00:24:48] Discussion about changing speech in different situations such as job interviews/when talking to different people, telephone voice, language used when talking to children, abbreviating peoples names.[00:31:14] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about language of work colleagues, how they speak at work to different types of people, picking up words from other people. Anecdote about trying to find a town called Snozzle that was actually St Austell, playing linguistic joke on uncle from London.[00:37:18] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:39:39] Discussion about disappearance of regional accents, attitudes towards their own accent/other regional accents, connotations of regional accents.

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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. The five interviewees are all members of Ilminster Young Farmers.

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