BBC Voices

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

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

  • Interviewees

    Corrigan, Isabella (Bella), 1913 June 05- (speaker, female, interviewee), McCandlish, James Murdoch, 1924 May 24- (speaker, male, Miller, Elizabeth (Betty), 1927 Dec. 28- (speaker, female, Ford, David, 1919 June 16- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Bythell, Shaun, 1970 Oct. 01- (speaker, male)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:02:34] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Mention chucker in was name for person who tried to prevent children from playing truant in past. Description of games played as children.[00:06:12] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:11:43] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS.[00:14:36] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS.[00:18:58] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING.[00:20:12] Discussion about local area, what they like about it, how it has changed over time, what they do for entertainment.[00:26:18] Discussion about local speech, influence of Irish accent, identifying as Galloway Irish, accents they have difficulty understanding, other people having difficulty understanding them. Anecdote about positive reaction to her accent in Preston. Discussion about change in cost of using public toilets.[00:35:18] Discussion about changing speech depending on who theyre talking to, how they speak to English people. Mention how they pronounce numbers in different situations.[00:36:36] Discussion about importance of children learning to speak properly rather than using Irish Galloway, future of Irish Galloway, influence of television on local speech.[00:40:12] Discussion about how their speech compares to their grandchildren/parents speech, how people speak in local countryside compared to local towns.[00:42:04] Discussion about attitudes towards and use of swearing, influence of television on use of swear-words by children now, how size of families have changed over time. Description of daily farming life in past, how local farming has changed.[00:46:22] Discussion about local fishing industry, how it has changed over time. Attitudes towards people from different areas of Scotland, attitudes towards local speech, size of area in which people speak Galloway Irish. 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 are all pensioners and close friends from Stranraer.

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