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Offline summerholly

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Re: U2's Irish Accents -- or Lack Thereof
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2018, 09:09:14 PM »
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Adam was born in England and has always had an English accent, but he lives in Brazil now.
Edge was born in Wales and has always had a Welsh accent, but he lives in California now.
The Irish and American accents have blend very closely, and now that Bono lives mostly in New York, his accent has shifted a bit.


He? I didn't know that Adam lives in Brazil.. I think he and his wife live in London.
Also I don't think Bono lives mostly in NY. In the summer the family lives in Eze, South of France.
I think the family stayed in NY for 2 years or so, when the had some construction work at their Killiney house. This was in 2006 or so.
But I remember an interview of last year where Bono said that he has a feeling of what a home is when he is in Irland.


My basic point is that accents donít behave according to where you associate a person being from. I was born in America, but Iím also an English citizen, and Iíve spent a lot of time living in Spain. Iíve had a number of people ask me where my accent is from, even though I live in the state I was born in. Itís hard to define an accent based on where a person lives or where they were born. Accents adapt to where a person is.

Yes this is true, I have lived in quite a few different countries growing up and have had various accents although most people detected a hint of the country that I was in before and would ask, there was always something a little different probably based on my parents accent.  Theirs never seemed to change much.  Funny because when I travel overseas without fail people pick my accent as Australian, whereas people in Australia detect that there is something else in there.

Offline DaleAnny

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Re: U2's Irish Accents -- or Lack Thereof
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2018, 02:45:07 PM »
Hello guys!
I`m new here and I`m here because I`m writing a graduation paper for my master`s degree and it is devoted to U2 and the cultural features in the language of their lyrics.
I see that you are discussing the accents here, so here is my request to you (you are much more experts in U2 and in language than I am, so I would be grateful to you if you could help me): is there any songs where the Irish culture and Irish history is well seen in the language?
Thank you so much in advance !

Offline MissSarajevo

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Re: U2's Irish Accents -- or Lack Thereof
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2018, 03:36:21 PM »
All I can think of are references to places in Dublin such as Cedarwood Road and Seven Towers (Running to Stand Still)

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Re: U2's Irish Accents -- or Lack Thereof
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2018, 12:52:49 AM »
An Cat Dubh (song title) is in Irish. Gloria has lines in Latin (Catholic connection).

Sunday Bloody Sunday refers to Irish history.


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Re: U2's Irish Accents -- or Lack Thereof
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2018, 12:42:10 PM »
MissSarajevo, Luzita, thanks a lot!