BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Inveraray, Argyll and Bute

  • Interviewees

    Clark, Donald, 1944 July 18- (speaker, male, hotel owner), Blyth, Laura, 1980 Oct. 09- (speaker, female), MacKay, Malcolm, 1941 Oct. 09- (speaker, male), Paterson, Dorothy, 1934 Oct. 07- (speaker, female), Stevenson, Colin, 1944 April 18- (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. Comment that people are more politically correct about using words relating to insanity these days.[00:13:23] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that the weather is discussed a lot locally, thought to be a general Scottish attitude. Mention words used to describe wet weather. Description of various rooms of house in past and what they were used for.[00:23:32] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about Gaelic language, use in local area in past/by their families, influence on language spoken now, mention Gaelic words still used, how attitudes towards using/teaching Gaelic in schools has changed over time.[00:39:50] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention different names for physical education used in past, words for various different items of clothing.[00:47:00] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention army words/expressions brought from India and heard used in Glasgow in past. Explanation of phrase nippy sweetie.[01:01:02] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant from school and being punished for it. Discussion about bedtime rituals.[01:10:52] Discussion about speech in Inveraray, meaning and use of local words/phrases, names for villages/people from villages around Loch Fyne that come from names of sea-birds. Discussion about pet names for local people, how the system works and how to negotiate it as an incomer. Description of population mix in Inveraray, how it has changed over time. 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 five interviewees are all friends from the local community.

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