BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Llangollen, Denbighshire

  • Interviewees

    Corker, Brian, 1952 July 04- (speaker, male, maintenance manager), Craig, Donald, 1959 July 15- (speaker, male, administrator/head chef), Langhorn, Patricia Ann, 1951 Dec. 19- (speaker, female, interviewee, hotel owner), Llwd Jones, Eleri, 1961 July 04- (speaker, female, hotel general manager), Pearce, Kathryn, 1986 Feb. 25- (speaker, female, receptionist)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Wales

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived, describe their accent. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:06:05] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:06:39] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:07:39] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:08:49] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:09:48] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention when she would use English/Welsh language.[00:12:09] Discussion about local speech, lack of definitive Llangollen accent, possible reasons for this, young people not wanting to sound Welsh. Discussion about their own accents, other peoples reactions to them. Comment that local people sound South Walian. Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, mention accents they like/dislike.[00:20:55] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, how this has changed over time, use of swear words by chefs/young people, swearing in front of children. Influence of parents on their language, swearing in English rather than Welsh, Welsh swear words.[00:24:39] Discussion about their parents influence on their speech/accent, influencing younger family members. Mention that her parents still use different words for some things after fifty years of marriage because they come from different areas of North Wales. Explanation of family word used by father to mother.[00:27:11] Discussion about judging other people on their accent, assumptions they make about regional accents, attitudes towards accents, knowing if hotel customer is local to Llangollen. Comment that Welsh people often switch to speaking Welsh when they realise they are talking to an English person in hotel. Mention how much Welsh language is spoken locally, nationalities of foreign people who stay at hotel.[00:36:24] Discussion about whether they would change their accent to get a job, connection between accent and self-identity. Comment that accent varies a lot over small areas locally. Mention main industry in Llangollen is tourism: possible reason for large number of incomers in area. 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 five interviewees all work at The Wild Pheasant Hotel near Llangollen.

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