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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Peebles, Scottish Borders

  • Interviewees

    MacLean, Victoria (Vicki), 1979 Aug. 26- (speaker, female, interviewee), Clifford, Sheona, 1976 Nov. 20- (speaker, female), Fairburn, June, 1965 Sept. 02- (speaker, female), MacFarlane, Fiona, 1972 June 04- (speaker, female), Sainsbury, Kerry, 1971 May 15- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Anecdotes about left-handed people being forced to write with right hand at school in past.[00:13:52] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Anecdote about reason for using particular word for various parts of body when young.[00:20:07] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Anecdote about Peebles locals not understanding north Scotland meaning of loony. Mention different words used to describe children as they grow up.[00:36:58] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention footwear worn to school by children these days.[00:40:53] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention word used to mean insane, words used to mean man/woman in north Scotland.[00:46:54] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:51:17] Discussion about speech in Peebles, local nicknames, how their children speak, Peebles accent. Description of recent expansion of Peebles, new village called Cardrona being built nearby. Discussion about types of people who live locally, attractiveness of local area, people moving back to have children, increase in population over time, problems caused by increased demand on local infrastructure, attitudes towards people who live in Cardrona. Speakers re-introduce themselves.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 netball team-mates.

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