BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Inverness, Highland

  • Interviewees

    Cruickshank, Lee, 1967 Nov. 08- (speaker, male, student), Dunn, Kester, 1985 Nov. 09- (speaker, male, Gordon, Nina, 1985 Oct. 29- (speaker, female, Gray, Alan, 1985 March 28- (speaker, male, Wallace, Kirsteen, 1986 Aug. 11- (speaker, female

  • Interviewers

    MacDonald, Fiona, 1955 June 15- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention words used to mean vomit.[00:10:30] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:20:17] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words used on farm for various items of clothing.[00:26:11] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment on unattractiveness of people in nearby city Elgin.[00:42:22] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention supermarket in Peterhead which has signs in Doric including loons and lassies for male and female toilets. Mention family words used at home.[00:53:24] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents. Description of appearance of a ned. Discussion about changing speech when talking to different people/in different situations, swearing, speaking properly. Comment that his speech has changed since moving to Inverness a few years ago. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language 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 five interviewees are all drama students at Inverness College.

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