BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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    Hunt, Robyn, 1980 April 04- (speaker, female), Logan, Malawi, 1978 July 28- (speaker, female), McSharry, James, 1961 Aug. 09- (speaker, male)

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    Perry, Vivienne, 1978 Dec. 19- (speaker, female)

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    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, describe how they know each other and their involvement in theatre. Discussion about representation of disabled people in film, theatre and the arts, attitudes towards film Inside Im Dancing. Stories about their experiences of life as a disabled person. Discussion about other peoples attitudes towards them.[00:12:41] Discussion about attitudes towards language used to describe/address disabled people, whether it empowers or disempowers, politically correct language, defiant self-naming. Discussion about their attitudes towards their own disability. Story of first becoming aware of his disability.[00:25:00] Discussion about stigma attached to disabled people having relationships. Description of how he met his able-bodied wife and how their relationship developed. Discussion about how attitudes towards and expectations of disabled people have changed over time, differing attitudes of medical practitioners.[00:29:47] Discussion about other peoples reactions to their disabilities at school. Description of her experience of realising she was disabled through other peoples reactions. Discussion about bullying between disabled people in special schools as well as able-bodied schools, language used as insults. Description of their experiences of school.[00:37:52] Discussion about language used to describe able-bodied people. Comment that the majority of disability or impairment is acquired rather than from birth. Mention terms they use to describe themselves.[00:41:34] Discussion about going shopping together. Anecdote about finding Ann Summers catalogue in drawer in office at work. Discussion about working in theatre as disabled actors, the need to be responsible in what work they choose to do.[00:46:24] Discussion of words used to mean tired/clothes. Comment that she often uses elaborate language. Discussion about words used to describe people from particular areas of Scotland. Comment that she doesnt often admit in Scotland that she is English by birth. Discussion about language used in Glasgow, mention breeks used to mean trousers and baffies used to mean slippers. Mention words used to mean pregnant. Discussion about words/phrases used within families. Description of growing up speaking English, French and Gaelic, examples of pig French and Gaelic words used by family. Mention words used to mean mother/father.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive from the start. 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 three interviewees are all actors with cerebral palsy from Theatre Workshop in Edinburgh.

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