BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Cotton, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Couldridge, Alan, 1939 March 21- (speaker, male, retired), Couldridge, Valerie, 1940 Aug. 17- (speaker, female, Tunbridge, Debbie, 1959 Aug. 25- (speaker, female, bar staff), Jeffries, Sarah, (speaker, female)

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

  • Producers

    Radio Suffolk

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:06:23] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:10:03] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:17:57] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:20:04] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that the clothing industry has its own specialised vocabulary.[00:26:46] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that they modify their language according to their company.[00:30:55] Description of totally different vocabulary she used in the past when she lived in a very big house with a full complement of servants. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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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 four interviewees are either staff or customers at the Trowel and Hammer public house in Cotton.

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