BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Norton, North Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Evans, Jean, (speaker, female, retired), McAfee, Mary, (speaker, female, university teacher trainer), Taylor, Margaret, (speaker, female, Wilkinson, Brian, (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. Anecdote about foreign student not understanding meaning of poorly. Discussion about words used by younger generations, how meanings have changed. Comment that she wouldnt use nithered in front of children because they might not understand it. Anecdote about hearing torm over being used to mean go to sleep.[00:13:39] Discussion about East Yorkshire words having disappeared from local area, old words used by farmers at local cattle markets, comment that local dialect is still strong in north Yorkshire dales. Discussion about how local dialects have changed over time, English used on British Broadcasting Corporation. Anecdote about watching television for the first time.[00:17:44] Discussion about using Received Pronunciation, changing speech in different situations. Anecdote about speech being corrected, accent recognised as Yorkshire on aeroplane in Africa, taking part in reading competition at school.[00:23:00] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Use of rhyming slang.[00:27:20] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Comment that children didnt play truant from school when they were young, if they did the kid-catcher (truancy officer) went to their house. Anecdote about accidentally playing truant from school aged five, sons playing truant for various reasons.[00:37:10] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Descriptions of experiences of being left-handed at school. Remark that they wouldnt comment on an unattractive persons appearance. Comical anecdote about local man getting drunk. Comment that pregnant was avoided in past, euphemisms were used to allude to physical functions.[00:53:30] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Descriptions of various types of seats. Anecdote about hearing loo used for the first time. Mention origin of siling down meaning raining heavily.[01:03:30] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[01:10:01] Discussion about their own accents, how local accent has changed over time. Anecdote about sons Yorkshire accent being recognised in East Anglia.

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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 friends from Norton, a small rural village in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. They know each other well, having met through local church activities.

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