BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Filey, North Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Cavanagh, Paul, (speaker, male, retired), Clark, Donald, (speaker, male, Haxby, Jim, (speaker, male, Atton, Mansfield, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Foster, Neil, 1976 May 23- (speaker, male)

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    Radio York

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:06:48] Discussion about Filey accent and dialect, mention how his speech changes when talking to his brother, Yorkshire accents, how they change geographically, Sheffield accent, examples of local dialect phrases, anecdotes about people using them. Description of fishing vocabulary. Explanation of fishermens superstitions, anecdotes about breaking them. Description of use of nicknames and the stories behind them. Mention words used to mean cold.[00:21:16] Discussion about how Filey dialect has changed over time, how young people in Filey speak today, pride in dialect. Comment that their dialect comes from Norse/Vikings, similarity of old Yorkshire dialect to modern day Norwegian. Mention words used to mean baby, pronunciation of father in Filey/Sheffield. Experiences of school-teachers attitudes towards local dialect/grammar/spelling, anecdotes about people trying to get him to change his speech, comment that using dialects is fine but grammatical rules need to be obeyed too. Mention influence of television; examples of local dialect used when they were children.[00:29:20] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how it has changed over time, comment on negative American influence on English language. Anecdote about being shocked at girl swearing in Royal Air Force canteen during Second World War. Mention change in behaviour of soldiers over time.[00:33:41] Mention different regional pronunciations of father. Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Difference in dialect spoken in East/West Yorkshire. Anecdote about father giving him advice about women; Irish way of phrasing sentences. Comment that intelligibility is the most important principle in speech, regional accents are very important too. Mention fishermens contribution to First and Second World Wars. Discussion about change in meaning of gay; political correctness of language. Anecdote about ballad father used to sing at Christmas in North Yorkshire dialect. Mention bray meaning smack, used in Filey.[00:44:26] Mention words used to mean hit hard. Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Description of positive impact of incomers from West Yorkshire (Wessies) on Filey, how they have altered dialect spoken in Filey.[00:51:12] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention local word shain used by father to mean shoes. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant from school to go fishing, use of wag it during Second World War as euphemism for missing school due to receiving bad news by telegram about father. Mention words used to mean sleep.[00:58:29] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Anecdote about Gallock-handed (left-handed) women being difficult to teach to skein mussels. Origin of doolally meaning insane.

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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 all members of the Filey Fisherman's Choir.

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