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Dialects of English
Irish English volume 1: Northern Ireland
by Karen P. Corrigan
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This website hosts the resources which accompany the volumes of the Dialects of English book series. The files are made available free of charge, but are copyrighted and may only be used for the purposes of teaching and research. They may not be copied, further distributed or sold in any form. The author of Irish English volume 1: Northern Ireland is Karen P. Corrigan.

The sound files provided here are recordings made around Northern Ireland in 2008. Extracts of the transcripts of the recordings are provided in chapter 7 of Irish English volume 1: Northern Ireland (the relevant chapter and section numbers are given in parentheses for each recording below). The materials provided here are, for each speaker: (i) a recording of an extract from an interview with the speaker, along with (ii) a transcript of the interview, and (iii) a recording of the speaker reading a passage aloud, and (iv) a recording of the speaker reading aloud a set of sentences. The recordings are in mp3 format, which should play on all media players.

Ulster Scots

bullet 'Samuel Dunlop', Ballymoney, Co. Antrim (section 7.1.1)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Andy McKendry', Ballymena, Co. Antrim (section 7.1.2)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Mr. Biology', Newtownards, Co. Down (section 7.1.3)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

Mid-Ulster English

bullet 'Heather Patten', Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area, Cos. Antrim/Down (section 7.2.1)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Sandra Clyde', BMUA, Cos. Antrim/Down (section 7.2.2)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Jenny Taylor', BMUA, Cos. Antrim/Down (section 7.2.3)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Brigid Donnelly', BMUA, Cos. Antrim/Down (section 7.2.4)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Kate Prince', BMUA, Cos. Antrim/Down (section 7.2.5)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Eilish Brennan', Banbridge, Co. Down (section 7.2.6)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Frank Hackett', Ballyvarley, Co. Down (section 7.2.7)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Sarah McConvillep', Lurgan, Co. Armagh (section 7.2.8)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Ollie Corr', Armagh City, Co. Armagh (section 7.2.9)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Dorris Daye', Armagh City, Co. Armagh (section 7.2.10)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Declan McCreevy', Armagh City, Co. Armagh (section 7.2.11)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Padraig Column', Benburb, Co. Tyrone (section 7.2.12)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Anne Bradley', Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone (section 7.2.13)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Terence Kelly', Dungannon, Co. Tyrone (section 7.2.14)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Carla Coyle', Aughnacloy, Co. Tyronem (section 7.2.15)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Theresa Moss', Castelderg, Co. Tyrone (section 7.2.16)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Edmund McDuff', Plumbridge, Co. Tyrone (section 7.2.17)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Sarah Connors', Magherafelt, Co. Derry (section 7.2.18)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Mr. Dogherty', DUA, Co. Derry (section 7.2.19)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Mr. Wilson', DUA, Co. Derry (section 7.2.20)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Terry Sweeney', DUA, Co. Derry (section 7.2.21)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Catherine McGarity', Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh (section 7.2.22)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Johnny Kilfeather', Carrickagreany Co. Fermanagh (section 7.2.23)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

South Ulster English

bullet 'Adam Eves', Belleek, Co. Fermanagh (section 7.3.1)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Cuchulainn', Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh (section 7.3.2)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

bullet 'Tommy Murphy', Foley, Co. Armagh (section 7.3.3)  [interview[transcript] [reading passage] [sentences]

Additional material

bullet 20th century folklore narrative [transcript]

bullet 19th century emigrant letter [transcript]

Irish English volume 1: Northern Ireland is a volume in the Dialects of English series; click here to go to the series homepage.

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Last updated: October 2010