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Conversation in Newport (Casnewydd) about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Newport (Casnewydd), Gwent

  • Interviewees

    Aboy, Rosario, 1958 Oct. 11- (speaker, female, nurse), Cyril, Vernesta, (speaker, female, Jones, Tania, 1966 Feb. 26- (speaker, female, Smart, Mark, 1962 Jan. 08- (speaker, male, trainee midwife), Woodland, Kerry, 1973 Aug. 24- (speaker, female

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Wales

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of history of St Lucia, anecdote about taking sons there, example of French Creole that she sometimes uses. Discussion about their own accents, hearing their voice on tape.[00:09:35] Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, accents they wouldnt like to have, telephone voice, changing speech when talking to different people, professional accent, importance of being nice to people on telephone in hospital.[00:13:32] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing. Mention various local words.[00:15:59] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:17:33] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:18:16] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:19:24] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used to mean young person in cheap trendy clothes and jewellery.[00:21:01] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:22:42] Mention how she feels about her children speaking with different accent to her. Discussion about whether they would lose their accent to get on in the world, being judged on their accent, being conscious of his accent in England, people in St Lucia not thinking she has a St Lucia accent.[00:27:20] Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, getting rid of accents, accents they would/wouldnt like to have.[00:29:18] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:30:54] Mention local saying used by patient that she didnt understand. Discussion about attitudes towards speaking/learning Welsh, influencing/correcting their childrens speech. 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 are all nurses at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. Vernesta Cyril came to Wales from St Lucia as a teenager; Rosario Aboy was born in The Phillipines; Mark Smart has lived in the Newport area all his life and Tania Jones is originally from Risca.

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