BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Chesterton, Staffordshire

  • Interviewees

    Collier, Fred, 1945 Nov. 08- (speaker, male, retired company director), Smallwood, Janice, 1950 March 22- (speaker, female, cleaner), Smallwood, Roy, (speaker, male, bus driver), Tattum, Dave, 1953 Nov. 29- (speaker, male, speedway promoter and stadium manager)

  • Interviewers

    Stanworth, Paul, 1979 Oct. 03- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Stoke

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant from school in past. Mention changing speech when talking to different people, how words change their meaning over time, what life was like when they were young, things they did to make money. Discussion about rat that lives in speedway stadium office.[00:11:20] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how speech varies locally, terms of endearment, changing speech when talking to different people, local words. Description of working as a bus driver, anecdotes about things he has found on buses. Stories about people who have stayed at their house. Discussion about accents they like/dislike, meaning of word used locally, how their children speak, how local accent is being lost over time.[00:26:12] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention local way of pronouncing/shortening words. Comment that its a shame that theyre losing local accent/sayings. Remark that young people have their own words now.[00:39:25] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention word used by grandson that she doesnt understand. Description of collecting Green Shield Stamps in past. Discussion about words used for meals. Anecdotes about going to cinema/using toilet in past.[00:50:16] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention how they try to get young people interested in speedway racing.[01:00:04] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Description of Teddy boy style clothes he has worn for forty-five years. Mention words used for underwear. Anecdote about accidentally brushing her teeth with shoe whitener. Mention what girls wore for physical education at school in past.[01:05:56] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Anecdote about being terrified driving around Eiffel Tower for television show.[01:12:45] Discussion about regional accents they find difficult to understand.

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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 four interviewees are all speedway fans.

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