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The ideology of nationalism and its impact on accounts of language shift in nineteenth century Ireland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Karen CorriganORCiD


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The present article proposes and analysis of nineteenth- and twentieth-century accounts of the language shift process in Ireland which incorporates effects of language ideologies constructed to serve the interests of particular social and cultural groups. The nineteenth- and early twentieth-century texts embodying the language shift debate in Ireland which are examined here have created a dominant professional discourse that has projected, reinforced and eventually legitimized certain power relations and ideologies. Through the analysis of these texts and their background, I hope to show that certain authoritative speech acts concerning the loss of Irish produced by folk and expert linguists alike are grounded in subjective, social rather than objective, scientific reality--a fact which analysis in an Acts-of-Identity-framework is well suited to reveal.

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Author(s): Corrigan KP

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: AAA: Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Year: 2003

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Pages: 201-229

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

ISSN (print): 0171-5410

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