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16 October 2014
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Nae Pairkin if ye dinnae leeve nearhaunMark Thompson

Mark Thompson is managing director of an advertising company in Belfast. He’s a talented musician and plays in a group called 'The Low Country Boys.'

He now lives in Ballyhalbert, Co. Down, with his wife Hilary and two sons, Jacob and Charlie. In this extract, he explains the popularity of the Ulster-Scots sign that he made.

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"I put this one up here, 'Nae Pairkin if ye dinnae leeve nearhaun'"

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Mark grew up looking out across the coast to Scotland. He tells us how the discovery of an Ulster-Scots magazine in the Folk Museum inspired him.

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"At the back of one of the bookstands there was a copy of a wee paperback magazine called Ullans, and it caught my eye"

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Children absorb languages very quickly, and Mark's son Jacob has learned very quickly when to speak Ulster-Scots and when to speak standard English! This extract talks about Jacob’s bilingualism, and the differences in the way his parents speak.

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"So after Jacob's been up there for an afternoon, he comes back haem with the 'dinnae,' 'wunnae,' 'cannae day that,'

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