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Question, if somebody from Ireland meets somebody from Northern Ireland in a neutral setting, can they distinguish where they are from? Are the accents noticeably different, for example? Or is it entirely political and/or religious, and thus probably not noticeable a generation down the line?
by asdf on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 10:19:50 PM EST
The northern accent is pretty distinctive, but my ear for accents isn't good enough to detect the difference between a Donegal (in the Republic) or a Derry (in the UK) accent. Those who are good at this sort of thing claim to be able to identify a different accent for each of Ireland's 32 counties (see below).

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Dec 31st, 2021 at 09:22:16 PM EST
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A few years ago, on holiday in Croatia, we encountered a group of retired Irish tourists and started chatting. One of our group, a friend of my daughter's, is a Belfast Catholic, and one of them enquired whether she was "not from the 26 counties"... so that would be a yes.
She doesn't have a distinctive NI accent to my ear, but there you are.
She was travelling on an Irish passport, and studying medecine in Edinburgh. Happy to accept the best of both worlds.

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by eurogreen on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 01:42:33 PM EST
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Some people are incredibly good at picking up the nuances of minor differences in speech between different localities. It could just be a word or turn of phrase not commonly used elsewhere. Of course the next question might be, "where do you come from", "What is your surname?" or what school did you go to?" and the persons religious, national, and class identity will have been established with a high degree of probability. Even clothing and mannerisms can give a clue.

I have long confused people with my Germanic surname, nondescript accent identifiable as Irish but not clearly regionally specific, protestant background and nationalist (but mainly European) sympathies. Throw in a tendency to analyse situations without declaring a sympathy and people are rightly confused.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 06:50:52 PM EST
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