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AmericaniZation of Irish children's accents, outside of Dublin too or just in Dublin?

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Charismam Sat 27-Jan-18 13:58:22

I was at an exhibition at my daughter's school, in South Dublin granted, but every single one of them who got up and spoke had an American accent, and one that went up at the end. One even referred to sneakers when she was talking about a trip that involved abseiling. It's a great school and I'm happy with it but I'm just wondering is this phenomenon happening in the wesht of Ireland or are you lot resisting better? Not one of them seemed capable of pronouncing a 't' properly. id was all wader boddle, liderally, todally...
One of the activities at the school is debating (debading) and the ones who are selected for being the most 'artikulid' do it too. There is no respite. It is so refreshing to hear a donegal accent or a cork accent that isn't a mangled hybrid of an accent. I realise older people have always believe young people can't speak, so I'm just observing with interest honestly. Languages and accents evolve, I know that.

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ShackUp Sat 27-Jan-18 14:02:51

Presumably the 'Irish' accent (Sorry, a catch-all term, I know) is quite close to some US accents anyway, given that the US accent is originally borne of the Irish accent. Same with Scots and Canada.

A1Sharon Sat 27-Jan-18 19:10:52

I'm from the land and time of Ross O'Carroll Kelly, and everyone was always slagging off our accents, and how we said 'loike' all the time. It was,loike,so annoying, roish?
I think (hope) we grew out of the very annoying phrases.

IlPorcupinoNilSodomyEst Sat 27-Jan-18 19:19:47

It's probably the YouTube generation effect - they spend a lot of time watching American videos and shows on tv so naturally pick up the accent (I am Irish but living in the UK and have assimilated some of the English accent because I'm surrounded by it). Surprisingly a friend says my kids don't sound totally English, because of the effect my accent has on their accent!

DwangelaForever Sat 27-Jan-18 19:21:43

I'm from the north and I've noticed this when I've visited Dublin! I thought it was weird 🙈

Charismam Sun 28-Jan-18 00:08:38

Yes my kids do follow American youtubuers. And I suppose binge watching riverdale, 13 reasons etc and before that 180 odd episodes of big bang and buffy does have a cumulative effect. This wasn't possible in our day! (still having our day) glitterball

WE will all have American accents in Ireland in about 50 years. People will say remember when you could tell where somebody was from by their accent! Those were the days! I think Britain will hold out longer. The UK accent is more staccato, more glottal (?) and the American accent is more ondular or something so the two don't merge as easily.

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OkPedro Sun 28-Jan-18 00:14:35

Where I live in Dublin it'll be cold day in hell before the fake American accent takes hold. We're inner city and the accent is part of who we are 💪

SergeantFredColon Sun 28-Jan-18 00:16:05

I think it’s a south dublin thing. Haven’t heard it anywhere else.

Cheatabix Sun 28-Jan-18 00:18:51

Its from watching tv. We correct our children but my friends don't and some of their kids sound american. "Hey guys, lets get some candy and watch a movie!!!!"

We are about as west and as rural as you can stop America!!!

idontlikealdi Sun 28-Jan-18 00:20:07

I live in London and my kids have quasi American accents from fucking you tube.

dinosaurkisses Sun 28-Jan-18 00:24:41

Seems to be a more South Dublin thing- I have a friend who speaks with a American accent but is actually quite embarrassed by it. She told me she'd looked into elocution lessons to try and regain a Dublin accent.

She was speaking to my dad at my wedding and he asked her whereabouts in the states she was from and she told him she was actually Canadian 😂

DonnyAndVladSittingInATree Sun 28-Jan-18 00:30:18

I’m in NI and both my DC will throw in an American accent at times. I also blame YouTube.

DramaAlpaca Sun 28-Jan-18 00:32:20

It's a South Dublin thing, and it's horrendous. I hear it on RTE radio all the time & it makes my teeth itch.

I haven't heard it over here in the Mid West, thanks be to God, but it must be only a matter of time.

OkPedro Sun 28-Jan-18 01:29:36

I don't hear anyone say "Thanks be to God" anymore, reminds me of my nana 💓 Old school grin

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sun 28-Jan-18 01:42:19

My cousins are in Waterford and throw in plenty of Americanisms

badb Sun 28-Jan-18 08:03:23

I’m not sure that we’ll all have American accents in the future. The particular mid-Atlantic drawl you’re talking about here is for the most part limited to South Dublin, in my experience. I work in an environment where I come in contact with lots of young people, lots from the south side of Dublin, and yes, they do have a particular twang, but then those from the north side - where I live also - don’t have it. And those from the country still have their own, locally specific accents. I’m from Cork, and when I go home I definitely don’t notice young people adopting that twang.

There are class associations with it, too, of course - especially in Dublin, but it’s definitely considered a ‘posh’ accent, so I think more people ‘affect’ it a bit when speaking publicly.

badb Sun 28-Jan-18 08:08:10

Sorry to double post! I do think that we don’t hear locally specific accents enough in Irish media, which doesn’t help matters. The accent might be mostly limited to South Dublin, but those voices are disproportionately heard on the airwaves and on TV etc, which gives the impression of ubiquity and also influences the accents of those listening/watching. It’s a pity there isn’t more celebration of non-South Dublin accents publicly. I guess it’s our version of RP.

WildIrishRose1 Sun 28-Jan-18 08:38:27

I notice there's still a preponderance of "likes" and "actuallys" in the language of young people, which drives me nuts as a teacher. What really intrigues me is how the Dublin accent is creeping into satellite towns around Dublin, even as far as Wexford. I was talking to someone from Mayo the other day with a South Dublin accent - she had never lived in Dublin. Bizarre.

Charismam Sun 28-Jan-18 10:35:53

Yes, that's another evolution, Dublin accents moving in to towns like Gorey because so many bought there in the boom.

I'm not saying it's good or bad btw, I find it very interesting. I want to be here in 300 years to see how it all pans out.

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Charismam Sun 28-Jan-18 10:54:34

OKpedro! sounds authentic!

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eloisesparkle Sun 28-Jan-18 11:22:17

'Guys' to other girls. hmm
'...and I was like .......... and she was like ........and I was like...' shock
Play dates
Movie / movies

It drives me nuts hearing the above.

Loraline Sun 28-Jan-18 11:27:17

I'm in my 40's and from South Dublin and have been told I have a slightly American accent my whole life. It's a South Dublin thing and certainly not new.

dangerrabbit Sun 28-Jan-18 11:52:41

I love in London and have noticed this phenomenon in a number of teenagers

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honeyrider Sun 28-Jan-18 11:53:31

My teenage niece and her friends have American accents - they're in Galway and have that accent since they were young in primary school.

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