Linguistic Elitism: the Advantage of Speaking Irish Rather than the Irish-speaker Advantage

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Title: Linguistic Elitism: the Advantage of Speaking Irish Rather than the Irish-speaker Advantage
Authors: Watson, Iarfhlaith
Nic Ghiolla Phádraig, Máire
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Date: 2011
Abstract: This paper contributes to the discussion of linguistic elitism in this journal (Borooah et al., 2009). Two main questions are addressed. First, most 'census Irish speakers' are not in fact Irish speakers and the majority of Irish speakers proper are not a coherent group. Second, the Irish language is part of the cultural capital which can be acquired by people with an 'advantage'. The argument is made that people with an advantage are more likely to speak Irish rather than Irish speakers being more likely to have an advantage.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: The Economic and Social Review
Journal: The Economic and Social Review
Volume: 42
Issue: 4
Start page: 437
End page: 454
Copyright (published version): 2011 the authors
Keywords: Irish languageLinguistic elitism
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection

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