BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Douglas, Isle of man

  • Interviewees

    Kilgallon, John Anthony, 1979 Sept. 06- (speaker, male, interviewee), Carswell, Gilno, 1981 Oct. 27- (speaker, male), Kelly, Matthew Alan, 1981 Nov. 23- (speaker, male), Kilgallon, David, 1980 Oct. 05- (speaker, male), Rhodes, Adam John, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Cowin, Russell, 1982 March 25- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Manx Radio

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:07:37] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention various meanings of throw.[00:14:51] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about drinking culture on Isle of Man, binge drinking.[00:29:14] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:36:59] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about chavs. Mention words used to mean parents/father.[00:49:10] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:51:28] Discussion about their own speech, use of innit/like/nice, use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing.[00:58:57] Discussion about associations they make with various regional accents, other peoples attitudes towards Manx accent.[01:05:15] Discussion about their own speech, how it has changed after going away to university, their speech changing when they go back home again.[01:09:10] Discussion about whether regional accents should be encouraged in schools, regional accents in United States, how regional accents reflect peoples character. Influence of international accents in United Kingdom today.[01:13:03] Discussion about whether regional accents can cause offence, how they feel when people think theyre English. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. 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 are all close friends who share an interest in music and play together in a band.

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