[lg policy] Hiberno-English on the web

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 22 14:38:31 UTC 2011

Username: Jeaicín

Post Number: 217
Registered: 01-2011
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 08:11 am:   	


    people speak their native language best, which is English for the
vast majority

There is an unknown number of people in Ireland who speak a patois of
"Hiberno-English" using the rules of Irish pronunciation ["glasheen" -
a little glass], structures ["That preesht was at us three years." -
He spent three years with us, "'tis fwat he tauld us vwass to don't"
etc] and vocabulary, ["Wouldn't you think they'd cut the buachaláns.
The buachalán buí is in flower."] or ["Ara, that fella is all buaileam
sciath" - He is forever boasting and making foolish promises or
threats. "Buaileam sciath"- Let us beat the shield.]

The children of such speakers of "English" find little difficulty
learning Irish. They already know and use many of the required
elements of Irish in their own home language which although referred
to as "English" is very far from the English spoken by native speakers
in other parts of the Anglophone world and unintelligible to most. Ask
any Primary teacher in rural Ireland.

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