BBC Voices

Conversation in Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute

  • Interviewees

    Brunton, Mary (Maimie), 1928 May 25- (speaker, female, interviewee), MacKechnie, Margaret (Aggie), 1918 Sept. 29- (speaker, female, MacRae, Anne, 1930 Aug. 10- (speaker, female), Wilson, Elizabeth, 1962 Feb. 17- (speaker, female), Wood, Euphemia, 1940 Aug. 10- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Ferguson, Iain, 1956 July 12- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Description of games played as children, where they played them.[00:04:55] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Mention difficulty of teaching left-handed children to knit at school in past. Anecdote about getting mortal (very drunk). Discussion about their use of Gaelic/English words.[00:16:41] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of collecting water from local well when young, outside toilet used in past.[00:26:47] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention words used to mean father, what they might use tools in tool-box for.[00:40:35] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention clothes they wore to school.[00:44:14] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that they learnt Gaelic words at home from Gaelic-speaking parents, mention various words they heard at home, when they would use Gaelic words. 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 members of the same lunch club on the Isle of Mull.

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