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23 September 2014
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The Voices Recordings
Interviewee Debbie Tunbridge

Born: 25 August 1959

Lives: Stowupland, Suffolk

Time lived in area: More than 10 years

Occupation: Bar staff

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Debbie talks about how teenagers seem to have a language of their own.

Language of interview: English

Duration: 00:31 (mins/secs)

About the interview

The participants were asked to describe how they spoke in their own words.

How do you describe your accent: "Mixed."

Have there been other influences on the way you speak: "Born in Plymouth until three years old, then to German three to seven years, back to Cornwall seven to nine, back to Germany ten to 13, then to Suffolk."

Do you have skills in languages other than English?: No

Other languages: None

About this interview
DEBBIE: Today's language, I mean the youngsters like the the teenagers that I, er , come, they almost have like a language to themselves and sometimes you think, you know, what are they on about? And I don't mean that in a nasty way or anything. But it's like, you know you sometimes think what do they mean, you know. And they, well they - ALAN: They make it up with their text messages. DEBBIE: AWWGH. And that's slang isn't it? Every word's well exactly, but - ALAN: Ok, but that's just us showing our age, or I'm showing my age I should say. DEBBIE: Well, you're not I'm (laughs) quite happy to admit how old I am.
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