BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Aston, Birmingham

  • Interviewees

    Ahmed, Sheraz, (speaker, male), Kazi, Ajaz, 1978 June 26- (speaker, male), Kazi, Javid, 1977 Dec. 04- (speaker, male), Shaikh, Taahir, 1983 Nov. 17- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Maistry, Devan, (speaker, male)

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    Asian Network

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Discussion about slang used by young people, influence of Asian languages [00:03:17] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. [00:04:48] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. [00:06:22] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. [00:08:05] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. [00:09:40] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. [00:10:37] Discussion about their ethnic/religious identity, how language relates to their identity, languages they speak, when they use their mother tongue. Importance of keeping in touch with the culture of their ethnic background. [00:15:39] Continuation of discussion about other factors that contribute to their identity including clothing and appearance. How the media influences other people’s perceptions of them, experiences of racial segregation at work/school. [00:19:42] Discussion about Muslim identity post 9/11, identifying as British Muslim, being British. Their political identity, problems with local politics, living in Aston. [00:26:47] Discussion about how their linguistic/cultural/religious identities affect their choice of friends/partners, family expectations about marriage. [00:31:03] Discussion about local Asian community, divisions within it, problems with United States post-9/11 foreign policy. Description of visiting United States post 9/11, how post-9/11 attitudes towards Muslims have affected them. [00:36:26] Discussion about which cricket/football team they support, comparing British culture with culture in Indian subcontinent.

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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 four interviewees are all young footballers from the Aston area of Birmingham.

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