BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Port St. Mary, Isle of Man

  • Interviewees

    Cecil, 1933 Aug. 06- (speaker, male), Ewan, 1992 Oct. 07- (speaker, male), Philip, 1965 Feb. 19- (speaker, male), Taggart, Clifford, 1916 Dec. 26- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Kissack, Annie, 1959 Aug. 30- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Manx Radio

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:09:00] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention fathers job was enforcement officer/kid catcher so it was impossible for him to play truant as a child. Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, footballers swearing.[00:19:35] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about their use of Manx language, explanation of Manx word that is impossible to translate into English. Mention other peoples reactions to his strong Manx accent when he was at school.[00:30:12] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:32:07] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention that children were caned at school in the past for writing with their left hand. Mention words used to mean childs soft shoes worn for physical education.[00:40:50] Discussion about their own speech, who/what influenced it. Anecdotes about people mistaking Manx accent for Irish accent.[00:45:19] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:52:11] Discussion about changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, other peoples attitudes towards their Manx accents, future of Manx accent. Mispronunciation of local place names/peoples names. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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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 represent three generations of the same family. Philip is the father of Ewan and son of Cecil, while Clifford is Ewan's great great uncle. All four were brought up within six miles of each other in the south of the Isle of Man and have broadly rural, methodist backgrounds.

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