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Australian English decidedly finds its origins in British English. But when it comes to chasing down Irish influence, there are — to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld — some knowun knowuns, some unknowun knowuns, and a bucket load of furphies. Larrikins, sheilas and Aboriginal Irish speakers The first Irish settlers, around half of whom were reputedly Irish language speakers, were viewed with suspicion and derision.
This is reflected in the early Australian English words used to describe those who came from Patland a blend of Paddy and Land. More than a few Irish were larrikins.
In his book Austral EnglishE. When asked to repeat by the magistrate, Dalton said: This Irish origin of larrikin had legs for many years, and perhaps still does.
In contrast to larrikin, the word sheila is incontrovertibly Irish. Popular belief derives it from the proper name, Sheila, used as the female counterpart to Paddy, a general reference to Irish males.
So, Sheila was something of a celebrity. Barrack is another likely Irish-inspired expression. The word has since sprouted opposite uses — Australian barrackers shout noisy support for somebody, while British barrackers shout in criticism or protest.
Perhaps surprisingly to many, the Irish were the first Europeans some Australian Aboriginal tribes encountered. This contact is evident in the presence of Irish words in some Aboriginal languages. Didgeridoos, chooks and shouts: An Irish language perspective Lonergan argues that more attention should be directed to this sort of Irish Gaelic influence.
The origins of Pama-Nyungan, Australia's largest family of Aboriginal languages Similar arguments are made for a number of other words traditionally viewed as having British English origins.
However, Lonergan notes this is phonetically the same word spelled tioc the Irish would have used when calling chickens to feed tioc, tioc, tioc. Another potential influence also comes from the transference of Irish meaning to English words.
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Northern Irish Accents This is the group of Irish accents spoken in the province of Ulster (and a few “border” areas).
Although most of these accents are to be found within the boundaries of Northern Ireland, this also includes English as it is spoken in County Donegal (in the Republic). Irish influence on Australian English is much like the influence of the Irish on Australians themselves — less than you’d expect on the surface, but everywhere once you start looking.
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Welcome to the Irish Translator! Can you offer a mini pronounciation guide to help us speak with an Irish accent?
The following pointers might help you hone down your Irish accent - MP3 files with examples of these phrases can be found at The Dialect Guide.