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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Derrylin, County Fermanagh

  • Interviewees

    Gallagher, Bryan, 1937 Jan. 17- (speaker, male), Gilleece, Patrick, 1926 July 07- (speaker, male), Maguire, Una, 1924 Dec. 25- (speaker, female), McManus, Conn, 1943 May 06- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Ulster

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion about Aughakillymaude Historical Society of which they are all members, description of local traditions of mummers and ceilidhs. Description of Derrylin, local industry, how it has changed over time, old customs/accents preserved in local area. [00:07:20] Discussion about local speech, their own accent, influence of Elizabethan English on vocabulary, Gaelic influence on grammar. Use and meaning of various local words/phrases. [00:14:59] Discussion about what has influenced their speech, features of local speech, changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Feeling that their accent/culture was inferior in the past, how this has changed over time. Mention multiple meanings of ‘tight’. [00:23:12] Discussion about changing their speech in different situations/when talking to different people. Description of local transport, how it has changed over time. [00:29:35] Discussion about how local accent is changing over time, possible reasons for this, other people’s reactions to their accent. Anecdote about having a conversation with a complete stranger in Belfast. Description of experience of people being very friendly to him when he was visiting England. Explanation of various local phrases. [00:42:09] Anecdote about changing his speech so people in England could understand him, changing his speech when playing in local dance band to announce the dances. More stories about playing in dance band. [00:46:08] Discussion about local speech, more words/phrases used locally. Anecdote about misunderstanding Belfast accent. Use of ‘so it is’ for emphasis. Anecdotes about language used by family members. [01:00:48] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that teachers used to make left-handed children write with their right hand in the past. [01:08:45] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. [01:15:32] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention use of ‘lock’ as a collective noun for a small quantity of something. [01:20:23] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. [01:21:19] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. [01:24:25] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. [01:26:42] Discussion about why it’s important to preserve their dialect. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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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 members of the Aughakillymaude Historical Society.

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