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 Sample files from A Sound Atlas of Irish English


This section allows you to access the sound files based on recordings of speakers from different parts of Ireland which were made by Raymond Hickey during several years of field work. The data made available here is only a very small section of the total amount contained in A Sound Atlas of Irish English (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004). In all there are over 1,500 recordings stemming from nearly 1,200 speakers in the sound atlas. There is also sophisticated processing software (written by the present author) which will allow you to extract information from the atlas using parameters which you specify yourself, for instance you could look at all female speakers from rural areas above 50 or all males under 20 from urban centres. You can also consult the realisations of lexical sets with speakers from different parts of the country. There are stretches of free text as well, again read by speakers from various parts of the country.

The data in the atlas is presented in tree form, somewhat like that in the Windows Explorer, and allows you to navigate among the many files with ease. There is also a carefully designed audio interface which permits you to listen very carefully to small stretches of speech. The sound files of the atlas can be processed further with different software, for instance you could do a formant analysis of some of the sound files if you wanted to.

   

Provinces of Ireland with countries form which extract are available here.

Distribution of speakers in A Sound Atlas of Irish English

Variants of syllable-final /-r/ as recorded in A Sound Atlas of Irish English


Starting in the north-east corner, in Co. Antrim, the recordings presented here are from countries arranged in clockwise direction around the rim of Ireland.

Rural Ulster speaker with Scots-type speech

      ANT_Dunloy_R2_M_60.wav

East Belfast speaker

      BEL_East_F_30.wav



Young speaker with uvular R (north Leinster dialect area)

      LOU_Drogheda_U2_M_18.wav



Local Dublin English (2 sound files)

      DUB_Dundrum_F_40.wav

      DUB_Finglas_M_25.wav

Older 'Dublin 4' accent

      DUB_Finglas_F_35.wav

New Pronunciation of Dublin English

      DUB_Whitehall_F_20.wav



Elderly speaker from Kilkenny (east coast dialect area)

      KIK_Kilkenny_U2_Fo_80.wav



Speaker from near Cork city (note intonational patterns)

      COR_Cobh_R2_M_40.wav



Elderly speaker from Limerick (mid west)

      LIM_Rathkeale_R1_F_70.wav



Young speaker from Co. Galway

      GAL_Carrowmore_R2_M_20.wav



Middle-aged from north Co Donegal

      DON_Carndonagh_R2_M_50.wav



Middle-aged speaker from rural Co Derry

      DER_Limavady_R1_M_65.wav