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16 October 2014
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Hamely wurds

Six Ulster Scots speakers, both Catholic and Protestant and aged from 50 to 74, in a farmhouse kitchen in east Co Antrim speaking what one of them, James Fenton, calls 'the hamely tongue'.

 

Jim Fenton

Name: Jim Fenton

Age: 73
Occupation: Retired primary school principal

Lives in: Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.
Lived here: more than 10 years
Born in the area? No, near Dunloy, Co Antrim.
Description of own accent: Ulster Scots with Ulster Standard English

 

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Raymond Clifford

Name: Raymond Clifford
Age: 68
Lives in: Larne, Co Antrim
Lived here: more than 10 years
Born in the area? No, Kilwaughter, Co Antrim

Description of own accent: Broad Co Antrim

 

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Name: Liam Logan
Age: 50

Occupation: Health service manager
Lives in: Bangor, Co Down
Lived here: more than 10 years
Born in the area? No, Ballymoney Co Antrim
Description of own accent: Rural north Antrim

 

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Ill aboot...

The group discussed the unusual use of 'ill' in Ulster Scots, as well as a pithy saying about pregnancy with uncertain paternity...

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