ERIC Number: ED451698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
At the Sharp End of Language Revival: English-Speaking Parents Raising Irish-Speaking Children. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 57.
Singleton, David; Harrington, Sile; Henry, Alison
This paper is based on information and insights gained from the preliminary data-gathering phase of a project on the acquisition of Irish as first and second language. The main aim of the project is to establish a database constituted of acquisitional data gathered from children acquiring Irish as a first language and in the early stages of bilingual acquisition at home, in Irish-language immersion primary schools, or in largely English-medium primary schools. The paper is based on a body of information and perspectives provided by parents for whom Irish is a second language, raising children who are acquiring Irish as their first language. The paper provides a brief historical summary of the Irish language in Ireland, and a detailed overview of the methodology used in this study. Parents' comments on support and lack of support for their choice of Irish as the language of the home and their "modus operandi" and on various positive and negative aspects of raising their children through Irish. The findings of this study, limited to the small sample size, are compared with a larger and more systematic and comprehensive general 1999 study on families raising their families through Irish by Nic Ghiolla Phadraig. (KFT)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Databases, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Irish, Learning Strategies, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Uncommonly Taught Languages
The Secretary, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dublin Univ. Trinity Coll. (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Ireland