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The various speakers who can be heard by clicking on an ear symbol on the desktop map read a text which I presented to them when collecting data for the Sound Atlas of Irish English. This text consisted of the following sentences. Speakers were asked to read the sentences ‘in their normal voice’. The sentences contain all the lexical sets for the vowels and consonants of Irish English, along with some which are intended to provide information about special aspects of speakers’ pronunciation, e.g. whether they used a velarised l or where they placed stress in certain polysyllabic words. The sentences they were shown did not have the keywords in uppercase (as in the list here) so that speakers had no idea of what type of pronunciation was being checked with what sentences.

List of sentences by lexical sets they contain


They bought a KIT to make beer. I suppose they’re HAPPY now.
She bought herself a new DRESS. She’s learning how to DANCE.
They walked into the TRAP. We took a different PATH.
There’re a LOT of people outside. I THINK it’s time to go.
He CUT the piece of twine. Now BREATHE in slowly, please.
He put his FOOT in it. There’re TWO of them here.
They didn’t bother to MEET him. She’d like to go for a DIP.
You have to put a brave FACE on it. They’ve a new WATER supply.
They bought a new BATH last week. Are they READY now?
Spare a THOUGHT for your parents. Will you GET another chance?
You should go SOFT on him. She SAID she was coming.
They kept a GOOSE in the back yard. Take a LOOK at the car.
The PRICE has gone up again. The RAIL track is overgrown.
They’re the PRIDE of the nation. You’ll have to RUN for the bus.
The city is at the MOUTH of the river. My back is very SORE lately.
The CHOICE was the right one. There’s a GAP in the field.
They had a GOAT on their farm. He put his CAP on.
It’s near the MODERN station. He was TALKING about his wife.
Down by the town SQUARE. She took her SHOES off.
There’s a CURE for that now. The whole floor is WET.
The film should START soon. WHICH one do you mean?
He’s travelling up NORTH. That wasn’t VERY FAIR. /-eri, -e:r/
The FORCE of the wind increased. It’s just his STYLE. /-ail/
Ask the other NURSE for water. We haven’t any TIME. /-aim/
The prison TERM was quite long. They REALISED the problem. (stress)
There’s a LETTER for you today. We live in IRELAND. /air-/
Put a COMMA after that word. All of us are IRISH. /air-/


List of sentences by lexical sets they contain



Vocalic lexical sets

Short vowels

      1)       They bought a KIT to make beer.
      2)       She bought herself a new DRESS.
      3)       They walked into the TRAP.
      4)       There're a LOT of people outside.
      5)       He CUT the piece of twine.
      6)       He put his FOOT in it.

Long vowels

      7)       I suppose they'd FLEECE you.
      8)       You have to put a brave FACE on it.
      9)       They bought a new BATH last week.
      10)      Spare a THOUGHT for your parents.
      11)      You should go SOFT on him.
      12)      They kept a GOOSE in the back yard.

Rising diphthongs

      13)      The PRICE has gone up again.
      14)      They're the PRIDE of the nation.
      15)      The city is at the MOUTH of the river.
      16)      The CHOICE was the right one.
      17)      They had a GOAT on their farm.

Centring diphthongs

      18)      It's NEAR the modern station.
      19)      Down by the town SQUARE.
      20)      There is a CURE for that now.

Rhotacised vowels

      21)      The film should START soon.
      22)      He's travelling up NORTH.
      23)      The FORCE of the wind increased.
      24)      Ask the NURSE for water.
      25)      The prison TERM was quite long.

Unstressed vowels

      26)      There's a LETTER for you today.
      27)      Put a COMMA after that word.
      28)      I suppose they're HAPPY now.

Low vowels before (i) nasal + obstruent, (ii) voiceless fricatives

      29)      She's learning how to DANCE.
      30)      We took a different PATH.

Consonantal lexical sets

      31)      I THINK it's time to go.
      32)      Now BREATHE in slowly, please.
      33)      There're TWO of them there.
      34)      They've gone for a DIP.
      35)      They've a new WATER supply.
      36)      Are they READY now?
      37)      Will you GET another chance?
      38)      She SAID she was coming.
      39)      Take a LOOK at the car.
      40)      The RAIL track is overgrown.
      41)      You'll have to RUN for the bus.
      42)      My back is very SORE lately.
      43)      There is a GAP in the field.
      44)      He put his CAP on.
      45)      He was TALKING about his wife.
      46)      She took her SHOES off.
      47)      The whole floor is WET.
      48)      WHICH one do you mean?

Additional test sentences used during data collection

      49)      That wasn't VERY FAIR. /-eri, -e:r/
      50)      It's just his STYLE. /-ail/
      51)      We haven't any TIME. /-aim/
      52)      They REALISED the problem. (word stress placement)
      53)      We live in IRELAND. /air-/
      54)      All of us are IRISH. /air-/