BBC Bitesize video

'Unrelated Incidents' - No.3is me tokn yirexternal image bbcnews1.jpg

this is thi
six a clock
news thi
man said n
thi reason
a talk wia
BBC accent
iz coz yi
widny wahnt
mi ti talk
aboot thi
trooth wia
voice lik
wanna yoo
scruff. if
a toktaboot
thi trooth
lik wanna yoo
scruff yi
widny thingk
it wuz troo.
jist wanna yoo
scruff tokn.external image AnchorwomanFree_450x300.jpg
thirza right
way ti spell
ana right way
to tok it. this
is my
right way a
spellin. this
is ma trooth.
yooz doant no
thi trooth
yirsellz cawz
yi canny talk
right. this is
the six a clock
nyooz. belt up.


Note by TL: The "news" about this poem on the BBC GCSE Bitesize website aimed at GCSE pupils is, not surprisingly, misleading. The poem's take on language and power has nothing to do with "being Scottish" as the BBC site would have it, but is about class, and would apply as much to working class Liverpudlian, London, Birmingham, Swansea, Belfast, Portsmouth, Aberdeen etc etc as it does to Glaswegian. There is no such thing as "a Scottish" single accent, indeed no such thing as a single Glasgow accent, which is a mix of classes and ethnic varieties like in any large city.
The BBC website also says that Tom Leonard's poetry is "almost exclusively in Glaswegian dialect". Again, nonsense. The collected poems outside the narrative:poems 1965-2009 are 80% written in standard English. Hardly any urban phonetic (to give the correct description) poetry by Tom Leonard has been written since 1979.