BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Penicuik, Scottish Borders

  • Interviewees

    Lothian, Godfrey (Goff), 1938 Nov. 18- (speaker, male, interviewee), Cairns, Sheila, 1952 Feb. 05- (speaker, female), Cullen, Doreen, 1946 July 07- (speaker, female), Hutchison, Mose, 1949 Dec. 17- (speaker, female), McQueenie, Kenneth, 1958 Feb. 09- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

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

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves, mention where they have lived. Mention how losing her speech and re-learning to talk has affected her accent. Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:18:01] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:27:47] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents.[00:47:27] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Explanation of getting the divvy from the store in Penicuik.[00:54:01] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[01:03:21] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention truant catcher/attendance officer who used to come to house to make sure children werent playing truant. Anecdote about playing truant from school and getting caught. Discussion about meaning and use of clyping. Mention games played as children, where they used to play when young.[01:13:27] Discussion about language used in Penicuik, use and meaning of local words/phrases, mention games played as children, language used by young people. Discussion about type of people who live in Penicuik now and in past, local industries. Anecdote about working in local paper mill making bank-notes. 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 have been friends since childhood.

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