Wexford: Yola language

Yola language …Yola is an extinct Anglic language formerly spoken in Wexford, Ireland. A branch of Middle English, it evolved separately among the English (known as the Old English) who followed the Norman barons Strongbow and Robert Fitzstephen to eastern Ireland in 1169.
The dialect, which in the period before its extinction was known as “Yola”, meaning “old”, evolved separately from the mainstream of English. Perhaps as a result of the geographic isolation and predominately rural character of the communities where it was spoken, Yola seems to have changed little down the centuries from when it first arrived in Ireland, apart from assimilating many Irish words. By the early 19th century, it was distinctly different from English spoken elsewhere.379298_350019861777713_972566293_n
The language continued to be spoken in south County Wexford until the early to mid-19th century when it was gradually replaced with modern Hiberno-English. By the mid 19th century, the language was only spoken in remote parts of Forth, County Wexford. It was succumbing to the same set of social, political and economic processes and policies which were extinguishing the Irish language and by the end of that century little remained of its unique linguistic heritage.
Diarmaid Ó Muirithe travelled to South Wexford in 1978 to study the English spoken there. His informants ranged in age between 40 and 90. Among the long list of words still known or in use at that time are the following:Amain: ‘Going on amain’ = getting on well
Bolsker: an unfriendly person
Chy: a little
Drazed: threadbare
Fash: confusion, in a fash
Keek: to peep
Saak: to sunbathe, to relax in front of the fire
Quare: ‘Very’ or ‘Extremely’Info via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yola_language – with lots more examples …


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