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Irish English Resource Centre

This website is intended to make material on the historical and regional diversity of Irish English, in the north and south of the country, and information on the sociolinguistics of present-day varieties, available to the interested public. It addresses both students and scholars who, for whatever reason, have an interest in Irish English or a temporary need for information on the subject. The tree on the left is divided into sections, each represented by branches whose contents can be summarised roughly as follows.

Click on this link for An Historical Overview of Irish English Studies

For the latest publications on all aspects of Irish English, go to the Source Book update
Introduction General information on Irish English with an outline of its history and present-day dialects. In this section there is also a list of themes dealt with in the website. The theme maps allows access to summaries of various themes.
Research This section attempts to draw a picture of the type of research which has been done on Irish English and which is currently in progress as well as point to the directions in which studies are likely to be continued.
Overview An outline of the external history and development as well as a survey of the main linguistic levels and their specific features in Irish English.
Ulster Information on the development and present-day distribution of varieties of English in the north of Ireland is offered here. It includes a section on Ulster-Scots.
Urban varieties An overview of urban varieties of English in the two northern cities, Belfast and Derry, as well as Dublin, the capital of Ireland. The emphasis is on sociolinguistic developments in these cities.
Transportation The historical connections between Ireland and various overseas locations are traced in this section. Links with Britain and North America as well as possible connections with the Southern Hemisphere are discussed.
Surveys / Data collections Here summaries are offered of the author’s A Sound Atlas of Irish English and A Survey of Irish English Usage. For the latter a series of heatmaps can be viewed which show the areal distribution across Ireland. A selection of recordings from the sound atlas is available for listening. In addition, information is given on the digital version of A Tape Recorded Survey of Hiberno-English Speech.Information on other available corpora of Irish English is presented here and the addresses of relevant websites are given. Other related corpora are also mentioned.
Language in Ireland Here information on the Irish language and its history is presented along with summaries of the other Celtic languages. There is also a discussion of early contact between Celtic and English. Bibliographical references and a glossary are included. There is also a subsection with information on present-day Irish with a selection of recordings from the author’s project Samples of Spoken Irish.
References Here bibliographical information can be found, which can help users when pursuing further matters of interest in the sphere of Irish English.
Glossary Definitions of various terms found in studies of Irish English are listed here as are many terms used in studies of the Irish language.
Maps A range of maps, both contemporary and historical, is offered here.

Any visitor to this site is welcome to use the material it contains. The only request I have is that appropriate acknowledgement is made, e.g. in a footnote to an article, book chapter or whatever. If you make use of this material for your own teaching purposes, I would appreciate your naming the source to your students.

Prof. Raymond Hickey
University of Limerick