BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Scone, Perth and Kinross

  • Interviewees

    Fair, Marjorie McPherson (Madge), 1941 Nov. 21- (speaker, female, interviewee), Forsyth, Pamela (Pam), 1955 Jan. 15- (speaker, female, Chalmers, Olive, 1941 July 31- (speaker, female), Nicolson, Yvonne, 1953 July 13- (speaker, female), Ross, Pamela (Pam), 1950 March 31- (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. Discussion about attitudes towards and treatment of left-handed children in past.[00:15:39] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of outside/inside toilets and public baths used in past. Description of guddling fish in local burns. Anecdote about getting into trouble with parents for playing in burn when young.[00:33:27] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about how marriage traditions/attitudes towards co-habiting have changed over time, mention how she is preparing to be a grandmother for the first time.[00:48:19] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Discussion about clothes worn by women, wearing jeans, attitudes towards women wearing trousers now and in past, rules for clothing women can wear to work. Description of police and nurses uniforms for women, how they have changed over time.[00:57:57] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[01:03:04] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Amusing anecdote about playing truant from school. Description of games played as children. Discussion about their different family situations while growing up.[01:15:40] Discussion about language used in Perth, use and meaning of local words and phrases, different pronunciations of Perth, other people having difficulty understanding their speech. 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 close friends from Scone.

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