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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

  • Interviewees

    Lewis, Carys, 1986 July 19- (speaker, female), Luke, 1988 May 19- (speaker, male), Phillips, Rhian, 1969 Feb. 02- (speaker, female), Rees, Paul, 1963 Dec. 06- (speaker, male), Richards, Aled Rhys, 1984 March 24- (speaker, male), Spencer, Gemma, 1985 Sept. 28- (speaker, female), Standfield, Peter, 1984 Feb. 03- (speaker, male), Williams, Ian, 1968 June 12- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Wales

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:05:30] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention difficulty of understanding local teachers from North Wales.[00:08:35] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:10:04] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:12:23] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:14:10] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:16:07] Discussion about their accents, awareness of it after moving away from local area, other peoples attitudes towards their accents, feeling defensive about it. Mention purposely writing cheques in Welsh in Bath to annoy people. How people react to them when they travel around country with Llanelli Scarlets Supporters Club, anecdote about person on telephone having difficulty understanding her accent. Discussion about getting rid of regional accents, why they wouldnt want this to happen, pride in their accents, people who lose accent after going away, changing their accent in different places.[00:22:34] Discussion about regional accents they dislike, mention local rivalry between Llanelli and Swansea mainly over rugby. Language they use that relates to rugby, chants/words they call out at matches. Discussion about swearing in rugby, how this has changed over time, their use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, influence of television. Anecdotes about people swearing, where children learn swear words.[00:32:32] Discussion about judging other people by their accent, attitudes towards regional accents, assumptions they make about people because of their accent. Changing speech in different situations, speaking properly, comment that they dont do this because they are ashamed of their accent: theyre very proud of it. Welsh identity and accent, telephone voice.[00:37:18] Explanation of local word shant, speculation on its origin. Mention being spoken down to because of his accent in England. Discussion about regional accents they would/wouldnt like to have if they had to lose their own. 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 eight interviewees are all members of Llanelli Scarlets Supporters' Club.

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