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The Voices Recordings
Interviewee James McElheran

Born: 24 January 1942

Lives: Cushendun, Antrim

Time lived in area: All my life

Occupation: Retired teacher

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James recounts the difficulty he had in understanding two locals talking together in the main street of Cahirciveen, County Kerry.

Language of interview: Irish

Duration: 00:36 (mins/secs)

About the interview

The participants were asked to describe how they spoke in their own words.

How do you describe your accent: "The interviewee spoke in Irish and described his Irish language accent as 'northern'."

Have there been other influences on the way you speak: Not Given

Do you have skills in languages other than English?: No

Other languages: None

About this interview
JAMES: We were down there recently in the middle of the summer on holidays and I was listening to two men chatting together (Caitlin: in Cahirciveen) in the middle of the street in Cahirciveen and I was kind of curious whether they talking in Irish or English. So I listened to them and I wasn't able to understand a single word. I didn't know if they were speaking in Irish or in English.
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