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

[00:00:00] Description of tradition of fishing and manning  lifeboats in speakers family, knew he would work on the sea age 10. Story of  marrying into the fishing/lifeboat community, thats all anyone talked about,  considered local now after 38 years. Comment on closeness of community, dont  know anything else. One speaker divides time between London and Dungeness for  work, comments on differences in culture, prefers being in Dungeness.  Discussion of Dungeness accent, noticed older generation had stronger accent  than younger generation when first moved there.[00:05:20] Discussion of words  used to describe PEOPLE AND THINGS. Remark that wife has integrated well into  local community. Discussion of partner, dislike the term because it isnt  clear whether couple are married or just living together. Would use it to  mean gay partner, comment that its something speakers dont really ever think  about. Different word used to differentiate between maternal/paternal  grandmothers. Mention that grandchildren call speaker groovy gran or G.G.  because she has taught them to use computers and mobile phones. Mention what  teenagers do in Dungeness. Remark that speaker disliked being called young un  as a teenager, thought people should use his name. Discussion of words used to  describe CLOTHING.[00:16:27] Discussion of importance of weather in  Dungeness, everything in household used to stop for daily radio shipping  forecast which influenced next day fishing activities, now everyone stops for  weather forecast on television. Weather is severe in Dungeness because its  very exposed so wind is an important factor. Discussion of words used to  describe wind, would purposely underestimate it. Discussion of words used to  describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Comment that rain doesnt really affect  speakers so much. Discussion of local expressions that other people might not  understand: aggy jaggers/agger jaggers describes eerie sea mist that forms  along shore before sunrise when sea is warmer than air; gurted describes  being swept along by an overpowering tide while towing a boat. Different  phrases used in different areas to mean fixing the boat to a shoreline: take  a hitch, catching a turn, making it fast, tying it off, hardening on. Comment  that speakers unconsciously use maritime terms to describe other things, for  example bow for car bonnet and stern for car boot, this puzzles people  outside of boating community in Dungeness.[00:24:51] Grockle used to refer to  holidaymakers/tourists, known by everyone in area except tourists themselves.  Discussion of words for parts of boat and boating equipment, these vary in  different areas of the coastline but are mutually intelligible. Description  of how boats are brought ashore in Dungeness. Discussion of local  superstitions: unlucky to say rabbit so call them hairy donkeys; sailors in  Folkestone refused to take vicars (devil dodgers/sky pilots) or nuns out to  sea because it was thought to be unlucky. Discussion of words used to  describe success of day: blank means a bad catch, if it was good they would  keep it quiet. Poxy/uncomfortable/roly poly describes a day that didnt go  well or was a bit rough. A green hand describes new and useless person on  boat, a good hand is the opposite. Official term for new person on lifeboat  is probationer but speakers have their own, less formal phrases, also use new  crew. Comment that there is noticeable difference between new people with  maritime background and those without, especially on rough day. Discussion of  abbreviated phrases used in rough conditions, everyone understands so no need  for lengthy explanations. Comment that there is currently more land-based  crew than ever before in Dungeness, makes working on boat harder. Discussion  of words for boat engineer and tools. All boats referred to as she because it  shows respect, meaning the boat will look after crew in return. Mention  fisherman from Norfolk using pants to describe bad fishing day, didnt  understand meaning at first. Discussion of terms for fish and shellfish,  understood by most people working in different parts of fishing industry even  in different areas, some names have changed over time and vary around the  country. Words for fishing equipment on boat.[00:38:56] Discussion of words  used to describe EMOTIONS. Continuation of discussion of words used to  describe WEATHER AND SURROUNDINGS. Story of speaker missing school to sneak  up to the boats because his older brother had already left school and spent  his time fishing. Discussion of words used to describe ACTIONS. Comment that  children and grandchildren enjoy playing old fashioned board and cards games  with family, think that this doesnt happen much elsewhere these days.  Discussion of words used to describe PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES. Continuation of  discussion of words used to describe EMOTIONS. Comment that snatched meaning  cold might be a family word. 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 members of the Richardson  family and all are fishermen and lifeboatmen, except Judith, the mother.