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Northern Ireland English

Introduction

English colonization of Ireland began in the 12th century. From 1586-1641 Scottish Presbyterian settlers were brought into Ireland. 1921 Ireland was divided into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are three main types of English in Northern Ireland. All are influenced by the English brought in by the Scottish settlers mentioned above. The first type is “Ulster Scots” which is very similar to Scottish. Then there is a type which has Scottish roots but is influenced by Hiberno-English (the English spoken in the Republic). The third type is quite close to Hiberno-English, that is, the type of English spoken in the Republic of Ireland. Our speaker is from Belfast and seems to be of the second type.
 
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Location of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Images of Belfast.

 
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