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Conversation in Cardiff (Caerdydd) about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Cardiff (Caerdydd)

  • Interviewees

    Marshall Allen, Deborah, 1965 Dec. 21- (speaker, female, interviewee), Actie, Chanelle, 1983 Nov. 11- (speaker, female), Johnson, Tracey, (speaker, female), Marshall, Jacqueline, 1968 May 28- (speaker, female), Marshall, Shirley, 1937 Nov. 20- (speaker, female), O'Connell, Rachael, 1986 July 15- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Wales

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion about gospel singing in Cardiff/Wales, racial/cultural mix of Cardiff population. Description of their involvement with Pesda Roc festival in Bethesda, North Wales.[00:09:23] Discussion about Welshness of Cardiff accent, attitudes towards their own accent/speaking Welsh, other peoples attitudes to Welsh accent/language. People welcoming them in North Wales, portrayal of Welsh people in media, peoples preconceptions about Wales. Mention changing accent when in London. Attitude towards Welsh accent/Wales on moving to Cardiff from London. Tracey introduces herself, description of where she has lived/her accent, how her accent changes in different situations/when talking to different people, accent and identity.[00:21:19] Discussion about attitudes towards regional accents, which they would/wouldnt like to have. Comment that Americans think there are only two different British accents, this annoys speaker. Mention languages Shirley speaks, other peoples attitudes towards her accent when she returns to Grenada.[00:27:08] Discussion about speaking differently to different people/in different situations, telephone voice, preconceptions about regional accents, accents used in call centres/on television.[00:32:14] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:36:50] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:41:12] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:42:58] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words they have learnt from family members.[00:46:51] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Continuation of discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:48:40] Discussion about use of swear words and attitudes towards swearing, reasons for using swear words. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 six interviewees are all members of a gospel group in Pontcanna, Cardiff. Shirley Marshall and her daughters, Jacqueline and Deborah, came to Wales from Grenada in the West Indies. Chantelle's father came from the Dominican Republic; Rachael is from Splott in Cardiff and Tracey Johnson was born in London, but brought up in Caerphilly.

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