BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Ayr, Ayrshire

  • Interviewees

    Shields, William (Willie), 1930 Oct. 10- (speaker, male, interviewee), Weir, Charles (Charlie), 1933 Oct. 28- (speaker, male, Lapsley, Elizabeth, 1930 July 07- (speaker, female), McKinlay, Stuart, 1986 Aug. 28- (speaker, male), Morrall, Margaret, 1938 June 30- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Bythell, Shaun, 1970 Oct. 01- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they were born/have lived. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:05:56] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention names for man who tried to catch children who played truant from school in past. Description of various games played as children.[00:14:53] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. How attitudes towards being left-handed have changed over time, mention sister having her left arm tied to her side to force her to write with other hand in past.[00:22:53] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention joke about a cludgie (outside toilet). Stories of practical jokes played in outside toilets in shipyard in past.[00:35:06] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used for different types of baby animals, description of poem by Robert Burns in which nowt is used to mean cattle, thought to be Aberdeenshire term. Mention words used for different groups of young people, description of their appearance. Anecdote about interviewer being surprised when he was called my lover by man in Bristol.[00:47:36] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about local use and meaning of various words, mention word used to mean to sleep.

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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 five interviewees are all poetry enthusiasts and members of the Alloway Burns Club.

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