BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

  • Interviewees

    Lawrie, Margaret (Peggy), 1923 Nov. 29- (speaker, female, interviewee), Craighead, Margaret, 1916 July 03- (speaker, female), Daniel, Robert (Bob), 1931 June 04- (speaker, male), Davidson, Sheila, 1946 Feb. 09- (speaker, female), Rafferty, Wilma, 1940 April 09- (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 ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant from school. Discussion about their speech, learning and speaking Doric, changing speech in different situations, having to speak English at school. Description of Buchanhaven area of Peterhead where they grew up, language used by local fishermen, nicknames for different groups of local people, local historical events, use of Gaelic in local area. Discussion about Doric language, its connection with German, other linguistic influences.[00:17:30] Continuation of discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention various games played as children.[00:19:11] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Description of teachers trying to make him write with right-hand when young. Description of great-grandmother who was local midwife in past. Anecdotes about local insane characters.[00:32:58] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Description of outside toilets used in past. Anecdote about taking years to understand why teacher told her to embroider Wilma C on her school apron instead of her initials like everyone else.[00:38:35] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Discussion about local use of biblical names. Anecdotes about courting when they were young, confusing conversations in which participants cant remember names of people/things.[00:55:37] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words for various items of clothing, clothes worn by fishermen.[00:58:54] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Mention use of great to mean in-law, for example great-mother used to mean mother-in-law. Discussion about language used by local fisher community. Mention local words used to mean rubber boots and where they are used.[01:08:34] Discussion about local words, their use and meaning. Recitation of dialect poems. 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 locally born and either residents or staff of a sheltered housing development in Peterhead.

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