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By Raymond Hickey

ISBN-10: 0511508093

ISBN-13: 9780511508097

ISBN-10: 0521852994

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English has been spoken in eire for over 800 years, making Irish English the oldest number of the language outdoors Britain. This publication lines the improvement of English in eire, either north and south, from the past due center a while to the current day. Drawing on real info starting from medieval literature to genuine modern examples, it unearths how Irish English arose, the way it has built, and the way it maintains to alter. various imperative concerns are thought of intimately, corresponding to the character of language touch and the shift from Irish to English, the sociolinguistically-motivated alterations in present-day Dublin English, the distinctive positive aspects of Ulster Scots, and the transportation of Irish English to in a foreign country destinations as diversified as Canada, the us, and Australia. offering a finished survey of Irish English in any respect degrees of linguistics, this booklet could be worthwhile to historic linguists, sociolinguists, syntacticians and phonologists alike.

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1. E          . e. those which consist of two sonorants. Examples of such clusters are /lm/ and /rm/. A condition on epenthesis, which may apply, is that the sonorants in question not be homorganic. Thus one has pronunciations like [ f l m], [ ærə m] and possibly [ aɹə n] if the prohibition on epenthesis in homorganic clusters does not apply. The epenthesis in clusters where /l/ is the first element is found in the south and the north of Ireland and is clearly attested in the recordings for both parts of the country contained in Hickey (2004a).

The label British Isles is not always welcome in the Republic of Ireland or in nationalist quarters of Northern Ireland. Instead the vague label these islands is common to refer to both Britain and Ireland. Analogously, the label this island refers to the entire island of Ireland. Again from a political standpoint, the label north of Ireland can be found rather than Northern Ireland, the name given to that part of Ireland which remained within the United Kingdom under the provisions of the Government of Ireland Act of 1920.

But with /t/ as [ ] where the phonotactic environment demands it. In the opposite direction there are many southern British English who for whatever reason – business, retirement, etc. – live in Ireland. It is t-lenition which such individuals pick up as the most ‘infectious’ Irish feature. If there are users of RP-like accents in Ireland, then why are their numbers so small and why did not more features of RP enter supraregional varieties of Irish English? The answer is implicit from the above remarks.

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