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Conversation in Stornoway (Steornabhagh) about accent, dialect and attitudes to language.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Stornoway (Steornabhagh), Isle of Lewis, Western Isles

  • Interviewees

    MacLeod, Alasdair, 1977 April 23- (speaker, male), MacNeil, Kevin, 1972 July 20- (speaker, male), Martin, David, 1981 Nov. 30- (speaker, male), Morrison, Innes, 1971 Sept. 21- (speaker, male)

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    MacDonald, Niall-Ian, 1978 Jan. 29- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Interviewer introduces speakers. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that they change their vocabulary depending on the situation/who they are talking to.[00:07:35] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Anecdote about playing truant from school.[00:16:23] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Comment that they often use words that they have picked up from films and television programmes. Remark that they use formal or informal versions of words depending on who theyre talking to and that the formal ones are more universal.[00:33:35] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:40:15] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Anecdote about not understanding meaning of local word cove (meaning friend) aged three/four. Discussion about nicknames for people from different parts of Lewis, comment that a lot of people share the same names in Lewis so nicknames are often used. Mention ways to differentiate between maternal/paternal grandmothers. Mention words used to mean father.[00:57:03] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains strong or offensive language. 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 are all artistic members of the Stornoway community on the Isle of Lewis.

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