James McElheran, Retired teacher
James recounts the difficulty he had in understanding two locals talking together in the main street of Cahirciveen, County Kerry.
Caitlin Mhic Giolla Chiarain, Housewife
Cailtlin recalls the amazement of a neighbour that her children could understand her speaking Irish.
Long description of interview: Family group of three who met in Studio eight BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast. Son, a teacher, father a retired teacher and mother a housewife. Very chatty and relaxed group who, as it happens, are all musicians as well. Mother and son were the most animated while the father had a quieter, droll wit.
Women talk 'posher': Across the world in almost every language studied, females use more 'prestige', 'standard' forms of language. The exception is extreme Arabic societies where women do not participate in public life.