BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Laxey, Isle of Man

  • Interviewees

    Allen, Lyndsey, (speaker, female), Easthope, Roseen, 1980 Nov. 20- (speaker, female), Lantry, Jennifer, 1981 Jan. 16- (speaker, female), Webb, Gemma, 1980 Oct. 17- (speaker, female), Wilson, Rachael, 1980 Dec. 31- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Curtis, Cinzia, 1980 Sept. 27- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Manx Radio

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their own speech, what influences it, how their parents speak, picking up other peoples accent, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, common speech. Regional accents they like/dislike, associations they make about various accents, Manx accent.[00:12:23] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about words that go in and out of fashion.[00:16:22] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about words used to mean argument.[00:20:42] Discussion about their own speech, changing it depending on who theyre talking to, how they speak to their parents, talking to children/adults, how they talk when teaching people, telephone voice. Anecdotes about talking on the telephone.[00:28:41] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention words used to mean to play truant/insane.[00:39:06] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention names of games they played as children, ways to describe how they slept.[00:43:58] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about their spending habits. Mention words for female genitalia, words/phrases used to express disagreement.[01:01:01] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father, ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents, names for family friends/aunts and uncles. Discussion about filling in forms.[01:15:45] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean television remote control. Discussion about words/phrases used to greet people, description of a chav, parents picking up slang from their children, having to explain words/phrases to their parents.[01:25:41] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about words used for meals and what time they eat them.[01:38:42] Discussion about euphemisms, use of swear words, blasphemy, how they pronounce half past when telling the time. Their use of itch/scratch, mouth/gob, what/pardon. Words they use to mean look, their use of napkin/serviette, wee/pooh. 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 former pupils at Ramsay Grammar School and close friends of Cinzia Curtis.

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