BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wellington, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    Fleet, Ann-Marie, 1933 July 20- (speaker, female), Fudge, Andrew, 1964 Dec. 07- (speaker, male), Fudge, Hannah, 1972 Sept. 28- (speaker, female), Groves, Natalie, 1981 June 18- (speaker, female), Jenkins, Rebecca, 1967 June 05- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Thomas, Adam, (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Somerset Sound

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, describe their family connections and occupations. Discussion about difficulty of understanding local speech on moving to Somerset as incomers, mention words/phrases used in Somerset, words/phrases brought to Somerset from London/Aylesbury. Description of their own accents, attitudes towards Somerset accent. Comment that her London accent has influenced her children but they have picked up Somerset expressions. Mention daughter picking up Devon accent after moving to Plymouth, picking up Somerset expressions after moving there from Buckinghamshire. Words/pronunciations used by Buckinghamshire-born mother-in-law/husband.[00:11:47] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Description of language used when talking to children, mention regular Sunday family rows. [Adrian Fleet joins interview.] Adrian Fleet introduces himself. Description of family Sunday lunches in past, possible reasons for family rows occurring on Sundays.[00:19:47] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Discussion about preparing Sunday lunch in past, regional variation of names for different joints of meat, types of meat they ate when lacking money. Anecdote about buying sheeps heads and pretending they were for the dog but making shepherds pie for family instead.[00:25:23] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:29:36] Anecdote about mother making fish cakes out of cod roe (fish eggs) and children being disgusted, mention mothers inventive cooking techniques. Description of working in Chinese take-away in past, began to understand some Chinese words.[00:33:30] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:38:55] Discussion about how their children speak, correcting their speech, speaking properly/Queens English, correcting husbands speech to prevent children learning it. Description of family Christmas celebrations. Mention words used for meals of the day. Comment that shes pleased at having retained London accent, mention pride in being a Londoner. Description of Buckinghamshire accent, mention words used in Buckinghamshire.[00:47:00] Discussion about attitudes towards the way people speak today, the way children speak. Attitudes towards Somerset accent, towards his own accent. Mention finding daughters frequent use of ideal annoying, Bristol habit of putting L on end of words. Anecdote about hearing woman talking about balloon fiestal in Bristol on radio.

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    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 all come from the same family. Ann-Marie, originally from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is the mother of Rebecca and Hannah. Natalie is her granddaughter and Andy is Hannah's husband.

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