BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Braemar, Aberdeenshire

  • Interviewees

    Bruce, Christopher, 1969 Sept. 25- (speaker, male, firefighter), Grant, Alexandra (Zan), 1927 June 03- (speaker, female, interviewee), Garden, Margaret, 1940 Oct. 23- (speaker, female), McIntosh, George, 1927 Dec. 08- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    White, Claire, 1978 Jan. 29- (speaker, female)

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    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention names of games played as children. Discussion about local area, number of children/people in Braemar now and in past, influx of visitors in summer. Effect of tourists and visiting English gentry on speech of villagers over time, reasons for gentry to visit during Queen Victorias reign, how people spoke before then. Use of Gaelic in past and now, how Gaelic varies across Scotland. Description of royal connection with Braemar, relatives who worked for the gentry in past, grandfather who was gamekeeper and built his own house in 1905, family moving to cottage in grounds while main house was let out to gentry in summer.[00:14:55] Discussion about how local way of life has changed over time, fewer local people employed on estates these days, where people are employed now, annual event The Braemar Gathering. Description of employment of her family by royals, grandfather was their taxidermist, parents had to move to England with princess. Continuation of discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:21:30] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Anecdote about getting rused up (annoyed) by telephonist in Sky call centre. Christopher Bruce leaves interview to attend fire.[00:31:22] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words for various items of clothing. Description of clothes shop he ran for gentry in past, names for garments he sold there. Description of traditional highland dress.[00:37:35] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:50:21] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of use of rooms of house now and in past, working as attendants in house while gentry stayed there. Remark that all his familys shoes were kept under sofa in past to keep house tidy. Mention local lanies (alley-ways), what they were used for in past.[00:58:49] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about standard of living in local area in past, what gentry employees provided for their workers, how this compared to people living in the country in other areas. Anecdote about father calling a nurse from New Zealand a gowk (a fool) who thought it was a compliment. Mention use and meaning of local phrase. 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 all live in the village of Braemar.

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