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Mount Vernon park ,,,, shore road ,,
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Belfast Chat / Re: People from norn iron who try to sound English
« Last post by tommytwotoes on Today at 12:00:12 AM »

I think that deliberately and consciously changing accent deal, is a result of insecurity, a lack of cultural/personal self esteem, a sense of ethnic embarrassment, a fear of appearing to be in any way different from the crowd.

My take on accents has always been, that whilst they do sometimes change or moderate naturally to a degree, and unintentionally so, because of time spent in a different linguistic environment, people's accents don't change drastically unless they deliberately try to change them.

Billy Connolly's accent is a good and extreme example of that. When he started out he had the broadest of broad accents, and a somewhat guttural one, and he still does have a very distinct accent, but it has softened and moderated a bit, and now he sounds more like middle class Scottish, rather than very working class Scottish, but I think that was just a natural change and smoothing out moderation over time, and not a result of him deliberately trying to fake it.
my two nephews were born here in England , their parents went back to live in NI , both the boys are now grown up and now speak with a Belfast accent it just goes to show it happens were ever you go  NI,,, SCOTLAND CANADA USA OZ  ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Belfast Chat / Re: People from norn iron who try to sound English
« Last post by Dot/dash on Yesterday at 11:58:05 PM »





I've one sister/Belfast  girl friends     ........    who keep my feet firmly on the ground     .......    when it comes to the




Belfast accent    .......    I  hope     .......     must admit though it's Heavenly     .......    being surrounded by French    ........




speaking the language   .......     :)
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Belfast Chat / Re: People from norn iron who try to sound English
« Last post by James James on Yesterday at 11:42:26 PM »
For example...  https://tinyurl.com/y79c3484    :)
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Belfast Genealogy / Redfern-Drillingcort Photograps
« Last post by sunnyside on Yesterday at 11:35:23 PM »
Hi, I was wondering if anyone out there have any photographs of any Redferns or Drillingcourts - they were mainly from around the Sandy Row Area however they did move around a lot
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Belfast Chat / Re: Welcome to Belfast Forum - Please read.
« Last post by White dee on Yesterday at 11:24:08 PM »
Hi all new to group but was born on Grosvenor rd my mother Clara mccartan from Grosvenor rd but lived between here and Birmingham unfortunately passed away 81 when I was 6 if anyone knew her or has photos (long shot) would love to hear of an recollections


Hi Nealio, if you go to the " History and Memories " thread, scroll down til you see this,
put your inquiry on there,some one might be able to help, good luck.



Excise Street, Grosvenor Road. [size=0.85em]Started by Dawson 1 2 3 ... 816
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Belfast Chat / Re: Welcome to Belfast Forum - Please read.
« Last post by nealio on Yesterday at 11:19:27 PM »
Hi all new to group but was born on Grosvenor rd my mother Clara lynagh nee mccartan from Grosvenor rd but lived between here and Birmingham unfortunately passed away 81 when I was 6 if anyone knew her or has photos (long shot) would love to hear of an recollections
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Belfast Chat / Re: People from norn iron who try to sound English
« Last post by James James on Yesterday at 11:18:10 PM »
A lot of people go across the water or down south and change their accents, but I've often wondered, do people from across the water or down south ever try to give themselves a Belfast accent when they come to live here.
I think that deliberately and consciously changing accent deal, is a result of insecurity, a lack of cultural/personal self esteem, a sense of ethnic embarrassment, a fear of appearing to be in any way different from the crowd.

My take on accents has always been, that whilst they do sometimes change or moderate naturally to a degree, and unintentionally so, because of time spent in a different linguistic environment, people's accents don't change drastically unless they deliberately try to change them.

Billy Connolly's accent is a good and extreme example of that. When he started out he had the broadest of broad accents, and a somewhat guttural one, and he still does have a very distinct accent, but it has softened and moderated a bit, and now he sounds more like middle class Scottish, rather than very working class Scottish, but I think that was just a natural change and smoothing out moderation over time, and not a result of him deliberately trying to fake it.
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Belfast Chat / Re: Welcome to Belfast Forum - Please read.
« Last post by nealio on Yesterday at 11:12:27 PM »
Hi all new to group but was born on Grosvenor rd my mother Clara mccartan from Grosvenor rd but lived between here and Birmingham unfortunately passed away 81 when I was 6 if anyone knew her or has photos (long shot) would love to hear of an recollections
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Belfast Chat / Re: People from norn iron who try to sound English
« Last post by White dee on Yesterday at 11:09:45 PM »

Never claimed to be clever  :)


Good  :) :-*
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