BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Brandon, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Thackeray, Bernadette, 1963 Feb. 02- (speaker, female, interviewee), Bennett, James, 1953 April 09- (speaker, male), Bennett, Penny, 1948 Jan. 01- (speaker, female), Cooper, Richard, 1947 March 03- (speaker, male), Wilson, Douglas, 1958 July 27- (speaker, male), Wilson, Michele, 1955 Feb. 28- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Suffolk

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion about speakers accent that is influenced by both British and American English and has changed over time. Regional accents of British English, difficulty understanding some of them, changing her accent on moving to local area from north of England.[00:09:10] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that she uses different words when she is in the north-east of England to when she is in Suffolk.[00:16:12] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:21:12] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:24:00] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about attitudes towards left-handed people in United States, experiences of being told to write with right hand at school in England.[00:35:25] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:41:52] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention how American English accent varies in Utah area of United States.[00:49:17] Comment that local speech changes through the different generations of inhabitants. Discussion about how local people react to speakers non-local speech, how giving directions is different in American/British English, words that are different in American/British English. Difficulty of translating jokes between British/American English. Mention words used to mean frightened.[00:56:07] Discussion about slang in British English as opposed to proper British English, English spoken in Brandon, variation in Greek spoken in different parts of the world. English spoken in larger cities, north-east English dialect.[01:00:06] Discussion about differences between British English and American English, multiple meanings of cheers in United Kingdom, words/phrases in British English they find strange/amusing in particular on road signs. Praise for roundabouts/road signs/driving systems in United Kingdom. Discussion about negative aspects of United Kingdom in comparison to United States.

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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 six interviewees are all neighbours in Brandon who come from different parts of the UK and abroad, but now live on the same street.

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