BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Edwardstone, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Steed, Charlie, 1967 Feb. 26- (speaker, male, farmer), Whymark, Von, 1933 June 05- (speaker, male, farm labourer), Haylock, Charlie, 1946 October 21- (speaker, male), Snell, Leslie, 1946 June 04- (speaker, male), Whymark, Eileen, 1936 Aug. 26- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Suffolk

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Mention how working on the land in local area has changed over time. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:04:02] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Description of items of clothing worn in the past, old methods of harvesting.[00:08:40] Discussion about Suffolk dialect, how it has retained some Anglo-Saxon vocabulary.[00:10:20] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention how speech varies in local area, items of clothing worn for hedging, local word for hands, difficulty of playing truant in past.[00:16:03] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention local word used to mean big-headed.[00:19:52] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father.[00:24:33] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of outside toilets with multiple seats used in the past.[00:29:14] Discussion about Suffolk speech, how it has changed over time, differences between the speech of old/young people in local area. Stories and memories about Suffolk in the past, farming, sense of community in villages, professions that no longer exist. Long discussion about blacksmiths work in past.[00:41:44] Discussion about different types of people living in Suffolk villages now and in the past, how demographic of villages is changing over time, outsiders moving into villages and changing local communities.[00:46:50] Discussion about Suffolk, pride in dialect, dislike of new housing being built locally, old houses that have survived. Description of living in nearby village Boxford.[00:51:02] Discussion about documents they have kept that describe history of local area/their families. Anecdote about being given some paperwork by local vet that shows a transaction that took place between their families in the past. 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 five interviewees have all lived in the same area all their lives and are regulars at the White Horse public house in Edwardstone.

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