BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Bushmills, County Antrim

  • Interviewees

    Morrison, Jackie, 1963 April 15- (speaker, female, primary school principal), Drennan, Willie, 1954 July 09- (speaker, male), McLeister, Elizabeth, 1932 June 29- (speaker, female), Morrison, Mary, 1918 Dec. 23- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Ulster

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Interviewer introduces speakers. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. [00:03:12] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. [00:08:12] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. [00:10:47] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. [00:14:52] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. [00:15:53] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. [00:18:14] Discussion about similarities/differences between words suggested for spidergram. Comment that people had no problem understanding her speech when she was in Scotland whereas in England people couldn’t understand her at all. Discussion about use and meaning of various Ulster Scots words/phrases, their favourite Ulster Scots words. [00:26:42] Discussion about Ulster Scots, how it has changed over time. Description of using it in the classroom when teaching young children now, how they benefit from learning Ulster Scots, making film for Ulster Scots competition. Discussion about attitudes towards Ulster Scots at schools in past, changing her speech in different situations/when talking to different people now and in past. Use of Ulster Scots by older local people. [00:36:16] Discussion about how use of Ulster Scots has changed over time, possible reasons for this, future of Ulster Scots. Counting in Ulster Scots, use of Ulster Scots by older/younger people. Amusing anecdote about teacher trying to teach local children to use English words rather than Ulster Scots words. Anecdote about pupils in Belfast not understanding Ulster Scots word. [00:44:42] Discussion about Ulster Scots words for animals/birds, how speech varies locally. Anecdote about French pen pal having difficulty understanding local speech, anecdote about other people having difficulty understanding his accent. Use and meaning of local words/phrases. [00:52:05] Discussion about more local words/phrases, how they would describe today’s weather. How change in farming techniques means that some words/phrases aren’t used anymore. Ulster Scots terms for various plants/types of food. [01:01:54] Discussion about life in the past, making butter by hand, delivering milk by pony and trap. [01:04:33] Discussion about local food, traditional dishes, buying freshly caught fish. Food eaten in the past, some of which is now considered to be a delicacy. Similarity between Ulster Scots and Irish/Dutch/German. [01:13:45] Mention similarity between local speech and how people speak in Scotland now, future of Ulster Scots.

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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 close friends.

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