BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Greenock, Argyll and Bute

  • Interviewees

    Burke, Andrew, 1985 Sept. 18- (speaker, male, student), Eskdale, Ronnie, 1987 March 25- (speaker, male, Haley, Scott, 1987 March 02- (speaker, male, Reilly, James (Jamie), 1986 April 24- (speaker, male

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Discussion about pressure at local school to use swear words and wear right kind of clothes, how fashion has changed over time, names for different groups of young people. Being classed as neds themselves, importance of football, fighting locally and in Glasgow, description of goths. Mention words used for different types of alcoholic drinks.[00:17:05] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Discussion about what they like about nearby city Glasgow.[00:22:54] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Description of appearance of female ned, mention type of women they like. Discussion about local words.[00:33:05] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:34:59] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:38:15] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdotes about playing truant.[00:43:08] Discussion about their interests and past-times, music they like, their aspirations for the future. Mention words used for different types of ball games, words associated with DJ scene, words used locally. Mention feelings about moving to local area from Glasgow, comment that different words are used in Glasgow. Discussion about English being spoken in Scotland, comment that theres too much English on television and not enough Scottish people presenting programmes. Discussion about River City (Glasgow-based soap opera), Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach film set in Greenock), annoyance at Scottish films having English subtitles. Mention regional accents they have difficulty understanding. Discussion about Gaelic, comment that they wish they could speak Gaelic, want it to be taught in schools. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. 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 students at James Watt College in Greenock.

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