Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden Post by charles Post by Spains Harden
The Irish accent is a very pleasant one, and one we hear a lot -
both in the horse racing on the TV and in the pubs in London.
Like the Scottish accent it is a confident accent that doesn't
seem to be dwindling - although I suppose it probably must be.
"He hit the fence very heavily, so he did".
One expression that made me laugh was a wonderful sop to the
The Irish Accent? - The Scottish accent? There are significant variation
of both across their respective countries
Once I participated in a discussion in which someone referred to a
Scottish accent. As it happened there were two Scottish people in the
room, one from Dundee, the other from Inverness, but they both had
"Scottish accents", about as different from one another as Geordie and
Cockney. Edinburgh and Glasgow are different again (though my
recollection is that Edinburgh and Inverness are reasonably similar).
I know less about Irish accents (despite my Irish mother), but I think
you're right there again. Belfast and Dublin are certainly quite
different, and I suspect that Belfast-Catholic and Belfast-Protestant
are also quite different.
The Northern Irish split between Catholic and Protestant dialects can be a
matter of life and death, as I mentioned elsethread.
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
In both countries I expect that there are significant differences
between city and countryside, as in England.
I don't think there's so much that sort of difference as there is in
England. however, the Cork accent is very different from the Dublin one.
The Arran Island accent sounded to me to be pore akin to the Hebridean
accent od Scots, which in turn has more than a tinge of Irish to me.
Peter Young, (BrE, RP), Consultant Anaesthetist, 1975-2004.
(US equivalent: Certified Anesthesiologist) (AUE Hg)
Cheltenham and Gloucester, UK. Now happily retired.