Conversation in Craigavon about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.
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Craigavon, County Armagh
Hogg, Michael, 1972 Nov. 13- (speaker, male), McConaghy, Megan, 1985 June 23- (speaker, female), Mulholland, Martin, 1980 May 06- (speaker, male)
Garrett, Conor, 1972 May 08- (speaker, male)
[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 peopleâ€™s attitudes towards Craigavon, what they think about Craigavon. Local facilities, community, why they like Craigavon, what â€˜localâ€™ 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 â€˜insaneâ€™. [00:28:22] Continuation of discussion about their own speech, words they use too much, use of â€˜likeâ€™, 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 â€˜coolâ€™, words used to mean â€˜goodbyeâ€™. Discussion about words used to mean â€˜mother/fatherâ€™. [00:42:57] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean â€˜fatherâ€™. [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 â€˜young person in cheap trendy clothes and jewelleryâ€™. Descriptions of â€˜hoods/spidesâ€™, possible reasons why there are many in the local area. Mention words used to mean â€˜policeâ€™, attitudes towards the police in Northern Ireland. Mention words used to mean â€˜to play truantâ€™. Anecdotes about playing truant from school, how their parents would react if they found out. Mention â€˜ourâ€™ 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.
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.