BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Bethesda, Gwynedd

  • Interviewees

    Briggs, Delyth, (speaker, female, school pupil), Carden, Hedd, (speaker, male, Goulden, Dewi, (speaker, male, Jones, Huw Geraint, (speaker, male, Parker, Hayley, (speaker, female, Pritchard, Huw Tomas, (speaker, male, Roberts, Catrin Ann, (speaker, female, Tugwell, Jenna, (speaker, female

  • Interviewers

    Morgan, Anita, 1932 August 06- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Wales

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about their reactions to first hearing their recorded voice, attitudes towards their own accent. Using English word pronounced with Welsh accent instead of Welsh word, attitudes of parents/grandparents to this, reasons for not speaking proper formal Welsh.[00:07:21] Discussion about use of swear words in English/Welsh and attitudes towards swearing, influence of media. Mention meaning of family expression common Jack.[00:09:36] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that their speech is different to the way they write and over time this is affecting their writing too. Discussion about reasons for use of English words in Welsh.[00:14:25] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Comment that they might choose to use Welsh to describe familiar things.[00:17:48] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean attractive/unattractive/moody. Discussion about Welsh being the language of love, attractiveness of Welsh accent when speaking English.[00:23:05] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention where/to whom they speak Welsh.[00:24:53] Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, which they would choose if they had to have a different accent, accents they dislike, attitudes towards South Walian accent compared to their own accents. Discussion about changing speech in different situations/when talking to different people, other peoples attitudes towards Welsh accent/language. Mention enjoying speaking Welsh in England because people dont understand.[00:31:49] Discussion about other people making judgements about them because of their vocabulary rather than their accent, what they would lose if they dropped their accent, how much accent is bound up with self-identity. Importance of speaking Welsh language rather than accent, desire to keep Welsh in use in future. Attitudes towards their own accent. 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 eight interviewees are all pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen.

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