BBC Voices

Conversation in Port Erin about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Port Erin, Isle of Man

  • Interviewees

    Bridle, Janet Elizabeth, 1962 Dec. 03- (speaker, female, interviewee), Murray, Lynn Louise, 1964 Sept. 22- (speaker, female), Patel, Daxa, 1964 Feb. 24- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Clucas, Cathy, 1965 May 09- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Manx Radio

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention Swahili words that she uses when speaking Gujarati that she picked up living in Uganda.[00:05:27] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:10:56] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about experiences of being left-handed, men/women who they think are attractive.[00:33:46] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about attitudes towards men/women getting drunk, drinking culture on Isle of Man/in South Africa. Anecdote about two-year-old son drinking champagne. Mention alcoholic drinks they drunk as students.[00:49:57] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about whether they would call rivers on Isle of Man rivers or streams.[01:00:54] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that there isnt a word for please in Gujarati. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, blasphemy.[01:13:04] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 three interviewees are all close friends who live on the Isle of Man, but come from different backgrounds. Janet was born in the Bahamas and brought up in Buckinghamshire, Lynn was born in South Africa and Daxa was born in Uganda and brought up in London.

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