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Tim OMahoney (67.67.9.163 - 67.67.9.163)
Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2003 - 10:46 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Does anyone know where I can find Dillon. I'm currently learning Ulster dialect(Irish on your own), but I see so many people talking about Dillon. Cork is also where my roots are from, so I've seen his name associated with the dialect in that region. I'm brand new, so would that be to much for me??

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Padraigin (67.192.228.102 - 67.192.228.102)
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Try www.abebooks.com - it's a wonderful online bookstore linking together a whole network of used and out of print bookshops.

I just checked their listings for Dillon's Teach Yourself Irish and they have seven copies available, ranging between $6.00 and $20.00.

As Jonas said, it's well worth looking into this book. It's great for understanding the obscure grammatical points that have been dropped from the standard, but that continue to exist in actual speech and in written works (dative case, anyone?) It will help your comprehension of any of the dialects, not just Munster.

Enjoy!

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Matthew Webb (68.227.98.203 - 68.227.98.203)
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2003 - 11:05 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm thinking of purchasing Dillon's Teach Yourself Irish. I'm interested in its grammatical and more scholarly approach and the fact that the particular Kerry dialect he is basing his book on may be a better preparation for proceeding to Early Modern Irish and beyond.

It's been years since I've examined a copy, but I remember reading in it that Gael-Linn had 2 long-playing records for sale of the exercises. Does anyone know where I could get a cassette tape copy (or the records themselves)?

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Tomás (198.22.236.230 - 198.22.236.230)
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2003 - 09:25 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Mhatt, a chara, -- Dillon's Teach Yourself Irish is actually based on the Irish of Muscraí, specifically of Cúil Aodha, in West Cork. It is very, very similar to the Irish of West Kerry. If you want a book about the Irish of West Kerry, I'd check out the "An Teanga Bheo" series' offering of Diarmaid Ó Sé's, "An Teanga Bheo Corca Dhuibhne." For the Irish of another West Cork Gaeltacht that is a bit different than the other West Munster dialects, the Irish of Cape Clear, see "An Teanga Bheo Gaeilge Cléire" by Brian Ó Buachalla. -- Tomás

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Padraigin (67.192.228.62 - 67.192.228.62)
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 01:10 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I have the Dillon Teach Yourself Irish recordings on a cassette tape - I bought the LP version many years ago and transferred it to the tape for ease of use. A neat thing about the recordings is that after the lessons are completed there is an appendix in which speakers from the south, west and north read a number of words and phrases to illustrate the differences between the dialects.

There don't seem to be as many out of print record sources as there are used book shops, so I don't have any suggestions as to where you could get an original copy. Unfortunately the tape dubbing function on my stereo is pretty much deceased, but if you can't locate the recordings elsewhere I could try and borrow someone else's equipment to make a copy for you.

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