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Sociolinguistics in Ireland

Ed. Raymond Hickey

Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 420 pages.

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This volume offers an overview of all essential matters relating to language and society in Ireland. This includes information on both the English and the Irish languages in Ireland in a holistic sense, i.e. encompassing both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The book will be up-to-date and topical, reporting on the latest research into language in Ireland but with the additional focus of sociolinguistics to complement and enhance perspectives already offered in the field.


I.   Language and society in contemporary Ireland
English in Ireland: development and varieties Raymond Hickey (Essen)
The Irish language in present-day Ireland Brian Ó Catháin (Maynooth)
The Irish language and the media Iarfhlaith Watson (UCD, Dublin)
Irish-English code-switching: a sociolinguistic perspective Siobhán Ní Laoire (DIT, Dublin)
Language use in Ireland Anne Barron and Irina Pandarova (Lüneburg)
II.   Language and society in Irish history
Language in medieval Ireland Patricia Ronan (Lausanne)
From Early Modern Ireland to the Great Famine Liam Mac Mathúna (UCD, Dublin)
Language shift and language revival in Ireland Regina Uí Chollatáin (UCD, Dublin)
Language, politics and identity in Ireland Tony Crowley (Leeds)
Emigrant letters Kevin McCafferty (Bergen)
Society, language and Irish emigration Raymond Hickey (Essen)
III.   Sociolinguistic interfaces
Irish language acquisition Tina Hickey and Nancy Stenson (UCD, Dublin)
Irish writing in English Carolina Amador Moreno (Extremadura)
Irish society as portrayed in Irish films Shane Walshe (Zurich)
Translation and society in Ireland 1900-present Kathleen Shields (Maynooth)
Sociolinguistic information in Irish English corpora Elaine Vaughan and Brian Clancy (Limerick)