A Dialect of Donegal: Being the Speech of Meenawannia in the Parish of Glenties. Phonology and Texts

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University Press, 1906 - English language - 247 pages

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Page iii - A DIALECT OF DONEGAL : being the Speech of Meenawannia in the Parish of Glenties. Phonology and Texts.
Page 102 - The upper teeth are not used and so there is freedom for the production of broad and slender timbre. In regard to distance from teeth, rounding, or tension, the lips are by anticipation in position for the following vowel before the contact or approach for consonant production is made, and so broad and slender 102 timbre can be at once distinguished.
Page 78 - The point of the tongue is spread out like a fan so that the whole of its rim is brought against the teeth while the back of the tongue is at the same time slightly raised".
Page 1 - The phonetic decay of the speech of the younger people will be constantly exemplified in this sketch, but more appalling is the introduction of English words. Numbers of the people have been in America or Scotland for longer or shorter periods, and when they return the Irish they speak is often little better than a jargon.
Page 120 - English but the middle part of the tongue is raised towards the hard palate, thus considerably lengthening the narrowing necessary for the production of f.
Page 119 - A large number of speakers tend to widen the nick in the tongue through which the breath passes, thus producing a lisped s.
Page 95 - The ordinary Donegal r is a reduced form of a trilled r. There is usually only one flip of the point of the tongue against the alveoles.
Page 96 - O.Ir. a, o, u, or e, i, has a sound peculiar to itself. The r is not trilled in this case and seems to cause the tongue to be retracted from the ordinary s position. The two sounds coalesce and a kind of modified s is produced.
Page 150 - ... able-bodied men among them, and those few take no part in Whiteboy disturbances. In the summer, however, when the stock of old potatoes is exhausted, and the new year's crop is not yet fit for food, the country is covered with swarms of occasional mendicants, being labourers' wives and families, who go about from one farmer's house to another, frequently to a considerable distance from their homes, in order to collect potatoes. When the immediate pressure is over, they cease to beg, which they...
Page v - ГТШЕ present sketch is the first serious attempt at a -*- scientific description of a northern dialect of Irish. Phonetic decay seems to have set in all over the Gaelicspeaking area ; and consequently it is imperative that during the next ten or fifteen years every effort should be made to obtain scientific records of the speech of persons born before the famine who still have a firm grip of the vernacular. As a general rule the speech of the younger people is of little or no value to those who...

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