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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Craigavon, County Armagh

  • Interviewees

    Hogg, Michael, 1972 Nov. 13- (speaker, male), McConaghy, Megan, 1985 June 23- (speaker, female), Mulholland, Martin, 1980 May 06- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Ulster

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Description of Drumgor Youth Centre where they all work, activities they organise. Discussion about meaning of various words/phrases used locally. [00:08:37] Discussion about local area, bar she works in, other people’s attitudes towards Craigavon, what they think about Craigavon. Local facilities, community, why they like Craigavon, what ‘local’ means to them. [00:16:39] Discussion about how people speak in Craigavon, what has influenced their own speech, changing their speech when visiting different countries. Discussion about meanings of various words/phrases they use, use of sarcasm, insults. Mention words used to mean ‘insane’. [00:28:22] Continuation of discussion about their own speech, words they use too much, use of ‘like’, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people, words they have invented themselves, more insults. Influence of American films/television/music, people imitating Northern Irish accent, use of ‘cool’, words used to mean ‘goodbye’. Discussion about words used to mean ‘mother/father’. [00:42:57] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean ‘father’. [00:53:29] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Descriptions of their houses. [00:58:53] Discussion about words used to mean ‘young person in cheap trendy clothes and jewellery’. Descriptions of ‘hoods/spides’, possible reasons why there are many in the local area. Mention words used to mean ‘police’, attitudes towards the police in Northern Ireland. Mention words used to mean ‘to play truant’. Anecdotes about playing truant from school, how their parents would react if they found out. Mention ‘our’ used to prefix names of family members. [01:12:45] Description of what they wore to school, what they did to rebel against the school rules about clothing, hairstyles they had in the past. [01:16:02] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention nicknames they had when younger. Discussion about their financial situations.

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    All three interviewees are youth leaders. 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.

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