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ERIC Number: ED407864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The Story of Language Contact and Shift in Ireland: How Unique, How Universal?
Filppula, Markku
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, v15 p31-48 1995
The linguistic situation in Ireland over the last few centuries is examined from the rise of Irish dialects of English to the present. Four aspects of this history are examined: factors affecting the emergence of Hiberno-English dialects beginning in the seventeenth century, including opportunity for learning English, patterns in literacy and bilingualism, and the evolution of patterns of English usage in Ireland; general characteristics of Hiberno-English and the relative influences of the two origin languages (Irish and English) on phonology, syntax, and lexicon; Hiberno-English in comparison with creoles and other contact vernaculars; and the relevance of one language contact model to Hiberno-English. It is concluded that language contact and shift in Ireland have both universal and unique aspects, generally following the pattern predicted by the Thomason & Kaufman (1988) model but characterized by the amount of superstratal input to Hiberno-English and by persistence of certain features that have disappeared from other dialects. Language maps of Ireland in 1800 and 1851 are appended. Contains 27 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland