BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

  • Interviewees

    Cook, Alexander, 1925 Nov. 30- (speaker, male), Cook, Peter, 1962 Feb. 18- (speaker, male), Diack, Kay Lorraine, 1974 Sept. 07- (speaker, female), Riddell, James, 1961 Jan. 23- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wood, Doreen, (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that putting two words together is common in North-East Scotland.[00:08:52] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:14:35] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention various words for different items of clothing used in North-East Scotland.[00:21:31] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father. Comment that not many people in North-East Scotland wear cheap trendy clothes and jewellery.[00:34:24] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention use of various rooms of house in past. Comment that locally people put ie on the end of words to indicate familiarity or that something is small, examples of this. Discussion about variety of words used for different types of cow, different farm buildings and their uses. Mention words used to describe snow.[00:53:57] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention examples of drunk behaviour. Comment that other people sometimes misinterpret local habit of saying nae bad (meaning good) as meaning something more negative. Discussion about North-East Scotland pronunciation of w as v or f. Mention words used to mean unwell/young person in cheap trendy clothes and jewellery. Mention local meaning and use of chav.

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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.

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