BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Kilwaughter, County Antrim

  • Interviewees

    Agnew, Jean (Jeannie), (speaker, female), Agnew, Samuel (Sammy), (speaker, male), Clifford, Raymond, (speaker, male), Cross, Sam, (speaker, male), Fenton, James (Jim), (speaker, male), Logan, Liam (William), (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Spurr, Chris, 1950 March 10- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Ulster

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. [00:04:31] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. [00:09:23] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. [00:15:30] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. [00:20:03] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. [00:25:27] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words for various items of clothing, things that were made out of flour bags in the past. [00:32:30] Discussion about use and meaning of words/phrases used locally, anecdotes about their use. [00:41:47] Discussion about words that aren’t used anymore because farming methods have changed, their pronunciation of ‘cow’. [00:46:30] Discussion about words used for various parts of the body, language used in Robert Burns’ poetry. Explanation of words/phrases used locally. [00:52:37] Continuation of discussion about words/phrases used locally, words used to describe different types of weather. More words for body parts. [00:59:46] Recitation of poem, anecdote about experience in his youth that the poem reminds him of. Anecdote about misunderstanding of local word. [01:10:27] Discussion about language used when working on peat bogs cutting turf in past. Having peat fire at home in past, language associated with it. More words/phrases used locally, farming language. [01:18:24] Discussion about how language varies locally, explanation of words/phrases used locally, names of various birds.

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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 six interviewees are all close friends.

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