BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Hack, Annette, 1965 July 09- (speaker, female), Ingram, Antoine, 1970 Feb. 20- (speaker, male), Lee, Sharon, 1961 June 20- (speaker, female), Tucker, Radmila, 1955 Feb. 19- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Suffolk

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Mention where they have lived, where their parents are from, what has influenced their speech. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, how her children speak, peoples reactions to hearing Suffolk accent spoken by someone from Caribbean family.[00:11:48] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:14:51] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about language used by their children, abbreviations used on internet/in text messages. [Sharon Lee leaves discussion][00:19:36] Description of going to Trinidad aged 11 where his fathers family moved to from Grenada, going to Caribbean with a friend in 2002 to work on a film.[00:21:48] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about left-handed people, experience of being told to write with right hand when young and now able to use both.[00:29:29] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about reasons why she didnt teach her children to speak Serbo-Croat, difficulty being accepted on first moving to United Kingdom from Yugoslavia, her childrens interest in their family background. Mention her childrens interest in her familys roots in Guyana.[00:36:59] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:42:37] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:45:49] Discussion about his racial identity, other peoples reactions to his Midlands accent in London, other peoples reactions to her Suffolk accent. Description of growing up in the Midlands in family from Grenada, how he felt going to Caribbean for the first time, languages his children can speak, his childrens accent. Mention the diverse range of languages spoken in London, increase in global mobility.[00:54:03] Description of growing up in United Kingdom as Serbo-Croat, initial employment difficulties because of not being British, learning to speak English, being mistaken for a Russian spy when working for Ernst and Young. Peoples reactions when they assume she is English and then realise that shes not, difficulty understanding where she belongs. Comment that she wouldnt have moved to England if she had had the choice because it was very difficult especially not feeling accepted by a lot of people. 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. Three of the interviewees are members of the Ipswich Caribbean community, while Radmila Tucker came to the UK from Serbia.

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