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The BBC's "Voices 2005" in Staffordshire

Listen to the way we talk

"Voices 2005" was the BBC project which explored our accents and speech here in Staffordshire.

We interviewed people in the county - from Middleport in Stoke, from Chesterton in Newcastle, and Burton in East Staffs.

Hanley group
Eman, Asiya and Sajia
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Sajia, Asiya and Eman are all Asian youngsters who've grown up in the Stoke-on-Trent area.. They talk about being part of a minority group in the city, the language their parents use and, of course, boys.. They are all students and Sajia and Asiya also have part-time jobs in Tunstall. BBC Radio Stoke's Paul Stanworth met them one Saturday afternoon at Hanley library.

You need Real Player to hear the audio below. Click here for BBC's RP easy-download guide

microphone Hanley "Star Moment" 1 - in mono / stereo
The big topic was boys - Sajia explains how she rates them.
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Hanley "Star Moment" 2 - in mono / stereo
And when it comes to the top dog amongst Sajia's friends - there's a certain criteria to fulfil...
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Hanley "Star Moment" 3 - in mono / stereo
The girls also talk very frankly about being part of a minority group in the city...
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)

Esperanto
is the 'international language' and it's based in Barlaston... Find out more about it here...

Nantwich group
Joyce, Jean, Kathleen and Vanda
Nantwich, South Cheshire
Joyce, Jean, Kathleen and Vanda are all members of the Nantwich Townswomens' Guild.

They've got plenty to say on any topic you want to throw at them - especially the Queen's English, the use of Americanisms in English, swearing and texting.

Some of them have lived in the area all their lives, others have settled in Cheshire after time elsewhere.

BBC Stoke's Paul Stanworth met them for tea and biscuits one afternoon.

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microphone Nantwich "Star Moment" 1 - in mono / stereo
The conversation got round to text messaging… and the ladies said they'd tried it but they weren't so sure they'd mastered it…
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Nantwich "Star Moment" 2 - in mono / stereo
Then there was America - the good ladies of Cheshire think the Queen's English is much better…
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Nantwich "Star Moment" 3 - in mono / stereo
As for swearing, it might be more widespread these days but the ladies of Nantwich are still appalled by some words…
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)

Foreign Language Syndrome occurs when people with brain injuries lose the ability to talk in their native accent.

Middleport Group
Allotment holders united!

Northern Stoke on Trent
My first group of interviewees have an allotment at Middleport, near Burslem in the northern part of Stoke-on-Trent.

Four of the five members of the group are pensioners, though the fifth member of the group is in his 40s (guess which one!). They all have allotments at Middleport.

They were most enthusiastic about memories of the area and about others' perceptions of Stokies.
In other words - they have great affection for where they live, and are proud of its ways of speech.

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microphone Middleport - Anthony Fryer - in mono / stereo
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Middleport "Star Moment" 1 - in mono / stereo
This is an explanation of what a "snapping box" is. It was used by all the miners in North Staffordshire to carry their lunches.
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Middleport "Star Moment" 2 - in mono / stereo
Here the allotment-holders talk about the very wet summer and explain how this has affected their vegetables and plants.
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Middleport "Star Moment" 3 - in mono / stereo
Here the lads talk about what rooms in a house - especially the "parlour" are called. (Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)

Across Britain, as well as the many accents, and dialects, there are THIRTEEN native languages!

Chesterton group
Dave Tattum, Janice Smallwood, Roy Smallwood and Fred Collier
Chesterton, Newcastle
This group and I met in the bar at the Loomer Road speedway stadium in Chesterton one evening.
Chesterton is a former mining village north of Newcastle.

Janice and Roy Smallwood are married. She is a cleaner; he is a famous bus driver locally, having collected an MBE for his community work.

Dave Tattum is the stadium manager, and also the man responsible for handling the famous Stoke Speedway team which races at the stadium.
Fred Collier is a retired company director.

They loved hearing each others' anecdotes and talking about the area in years gone by... Again, it's obvious that, in Staffordshire, people are proud, even of their own small corners.

You need Real Player to hear the audio below. Click here for BBC's RP easy-download guide

microphone Chesterton "Star Moment" 1 - in mono / stereo
A great story which got everyone laughing. Roy is a bus driver and here he talks about the things lost and found on his bus...
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Chesterton "Star Moment" 2 - in mono / stereo
The group talks about the words they use when they're thirsty. Janice uses 'gagging for a drink'.. but the rest of the group point out 'gagging' has a different meaning these days...
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
microphone Roy Smallwood - in mono / stereo
Driving round South Cheshire on his bus, Roy has difficulties understanding what they say...
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)
Janice Smallwood - in mono / stereo
Numbers on a takeaway menu can cause misunderstanding!
(Interviewer: Paul Stanworth)

In British Sign Language, did you know that signs used in Belfast are very different from those used in the Channel Islands?

Burton upon Trent
Three generations of Jamaican friends who live in Burton, talk about the words used by the youngsters compared to the ones used by their elders.
The interviewees are: Merle Staple, Angela Bailey, David Albert Douglas, Levi Franklin Watson da 1st, Ashley Barnes, and Amlak Tafari. The interviewer is BBC Radio Derby's Marsha Ramroop.

Click here to find out more and listen to their conversation.
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