BBC Voices

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

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
(No tags found for this item)
  • Type


  • Duration


  • Shelf mark


  • Recording date


  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Aldeburgh, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Marjoram, John, 1947 Jan. 01- (speaker, male, full-time lifeboatman), Saint, Steven, 1970 Jan. 01- (speaker, male), Smith, Maurice, 1930 Jan. 01- (speaker, male, retired nuclear power station employee)

  • Interviewers

    Martin, Stephen, 1965 Feb. 05- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Suffolk

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about local area, feeling local, how they came to work in Aldeburgh lifeboat crew. Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of using outside toilet in past, front room of house used only on special occasions in past. Comment that Yorkshire speech is very different to Suffolk speech.[00:11:50] Discussion about Suffolk speech, how it is changing over time, possible reasons for this, old words not being used anymore, difference between speech in Norfolk/Suffolk, how accent varies locally. Mention how being in Navy for nine years affected his speech. Discussion about being able to tell where someone is from by their speech. Mention words used to mean narrow walkway between or alongside buildings.[00:18:55] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:28:50] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:33:53] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about their own speech, how they feel about it, other peoples reactions to it.[00:42:09] Discussion about use and meaning of language used when working in lifeboat crew, support for lifeboat crew from people who live in Aldeburgh.[00:47:02] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about influence of media/outside influences on local speech.[00:51:20] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father. Discussion about lack of respect for elders and lack of discipline now compared to in past.[01:02:23] Discussion about Suffolk speech, how it is changing over time, words that arent used so much anymore, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Their own speech, pride in coming from Suffolk, how accent varies locally, how their children speak. Comment that he would like to stop accents disappearing but its impossible.[01:09:41] Speakers re-introduce themselves. Discussion about Aldeburgh, how it has changed over time, memories of living there in the past, decline in local fishing industry, freedom of growing up in Aldeburgh. How Aldeburgh changed after Second World War, losing the railway in 1966, decrease in local industry, Americans living locally for army bases during Second World War.

  • Description

    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 three interviewees know each other very well. Steven and John are current members of the Aldeburgh lifeboat crew and Maurice is a former lifeboatman.

  • Texts

    Linguistic description of this item

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item