BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Annalong, County Down

  • Interviewees

    Hanna, Maynard, 1954 Sept. 15- (speaker, male), McConnell, Andrea, (speaker, female), McConnell, Robert, 1965 March 11- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Garrett, Conor, 1972 May 08- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Ulster

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they are from. Discussion about Annalong, local industry, people who live there. Description of their involvement with Schomberg Society that promotes Ulster Scots culture locally. Discussion about their own speech, Scottish accent, how accent varies locally. Description of local bar, how it has changed over time, story-telling traditions. [00:10:38] Discussion about Ulster Scots influence in local area, Scottish immigration in 1600s. Influence of fishing industry on local speech, Annalong accent, explanation of fishing words/phrases. Discussion about changing their speech so other people can understand them more easily, how other people react to their speech. Anecdote about American people not understanding the word ‘queue’. [00:20:20] Discussion about local speech, use and meaning of local words/phrases, new words used locally. How young people speak locally, disappearance of older words as contact with older people has decreased possibly due to increased mechanisation of farming/influence of media. [00:30:38] Discussion about Annalong accent, importance for their children to use local speech and learn about local culture. Explanation of local words/phrases that people from other areas don’t understand, attitudes of school teachers towards local speech. Discussion about accents they like/dislike, people whose voices they like to listen to. [00:39:48] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. [00:42:51] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about pronunciation of ‘full’. [00:49:33] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention words used to mean ‘child’s soft shoes worn for physical education’, meaning of phrases ‘take her easy/dead on’. [00:57:07] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean ‘father/great-grandfather/great-grandmother’. [01:06:16] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. [01:06:53] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention Mourne word meaning ‘household chores’.

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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 three interviewees are all members of a society involved in the promotion of Ulster Scots.

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