BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

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  • Interviewees

    Petrie, Katrina, 1959 Aug. 31- (speaker, female), Thomson, Duncan, 1936 May 13- (speaker, male), Thomson, Sandra, 1960 April 16- (speaker, female), Wylie, Elaine, 1955 Oct. 28- (speaker, female)

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

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    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 and hiding in wardrobe all day because she was so worried about getting caught.[00:07:39] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:17:39] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Explanation of U and non-U aspects of lifestyle and language.[00:26:28] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Mention nicknames for people from various parts of Scotland. Description of a ned, comment that their behaviour stays the same but their clothing changes over time. Anecdote about mother-in-law being embarrassed when it was announced by someone else on a bus that she was winching (courting). Mention way to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandparents. Description of family habits of doing/eating set things on certain days of the week in past.[00:45:02] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:48:23] Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Duncan Thomson leaves interview.[00:55:48] Discussion about Stirling speech, explanation of use and meaning of local word sitooterie, how school-children speak, teaching them old Scots words, correcting their speech. Anecdotes about words used by school-children. 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 four interviewees all staff at St. Ninian's Primary School in Stirling.

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