BBC Voices

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

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    BBC Voices Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Wick, Highland

  • Interviewees

    Bain, Marjory, 1955 Oct. 18- (speaker, female, car hire manager), MacKenzie, Anne, 1971 Nov. 06- (speaker, female, secretary)MacDonald, Bunty, 1927 Nov. 18- (speaker, female), Richard, Margaret, 1927 April 17- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Richard, Jan, 1982 May 12- (speaker, female)

  • Producers

    Radio Scotland

  • Abstract

    [00:00:00] Speakers introduce themselves. Discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS.[00:08:47] Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS.[00:12:45] Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES.[00:24:43] Discussion of words used to describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Mention local tendency of adding ie onto the end of many words and pronouncing j as ch.[00:34:37] Discussion of words used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Comment that not many young men wear jewellery in Wick.[00:49:22] Discussion of words used to describe CLOTHING. Mention words used to mean underwear, words for various items of clothing.[00:54:47] Discussion about words they were told not to use when young, how attitudes towards local dialects have changed over time, teachers attitudes towards their speech when they were at school. Discussion about how speech varies locally, how peoples speech changes after living outside of Caithness. Mention use and meaning of particularly Caithness words, story about origin of the word bugger.

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    BBC warning: this interview contains language which some may find offensive. 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 employees of Richard's Garage in Wick.

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