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Linguistic Communities and Migratory Processes: Newcomers Acquiring Sociolinguistic Variation in Northern Ireland

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This inter-disciplinary book is the first in an Irish context to address issues connected with the ‘super-diversifying’ of language and society engendered by recent and historical migrations. It analyses novel data from interviews with allochthonous and autochthonous groups of monolingual and plurilingual youngsters living in Northern Ireland. A key aim is to test models within second language acquisition and language variation and change research. Another goal is to examine the extent to which distinctive migratory trends generated changes in the language ecologies of communities on the island of Ireland as well as globally in regions where the Irish settled intensively from the 1700s. The book also compares contemporary migratory experiences with historical records to further our understanding of the dynamics of identification through language across time. The first-ever book devoted to all aspects of the sociolinguistics of globalization and migration in Northern Ireland will be welcomed by scholars interested in the consequences for ethnolinguistic vitality of large-scale population movements. It could not be more timely given the fact that 2.5 million sought asylum in Europe alone during 2016, greatly enhancing its diversity.

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Author(s): Corrigan KP

Series Editor(s): Closs-Traugott E; Fitzmaurice S; Kortmann B

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1

Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics

Year: 2020

Volume: 106

Number of Pages: 397

Print publication date: 07/09/2020

Online publication date: 07/09/2020

Acceptance date: 29/07/2018

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Place Published: Berlin


DOI: 10.1515/9783110614190

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783110611472