Irish English and Recent Immigrants to Ireland

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Title: Irish English and Recent Immigrants to Ireland
Authors: Migge, Bettina
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Date: Nov-2012
Online since: 2014-10-08T08:43:37Z
Abstract: When Ireland became a country of net immigration in the 1990s, the varieties of English spoken on the island came to function as targets of language learning and were subjected to critical evaluation by people from a wide range of backgrounds. This paper explores newcomers’ views on and attitudes towards Irish English based on interviews with 73 immigrants from a variety of national and social backgrounds. The analysis suggests that there is broad agreement about the nature of Irish English, but attitudes towards it and desire to identify with it are heterogeneous being influenced by a range of factors including people’s alignment with Ireland, their views about variation and Irish reactions to its use.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
University College Dublin
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: John Benjamins
Keywords: Irish EnglishLanguage attitudesLanguage ideologies among immigrants to Ireland
DOI: 10.1075/veaw.g44
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Migge, B. & Ní Chiosáin, M. (eds.). New Perspectives on Irish English (Series: Varieties of English Around the World)
ISBN: 9789027249043
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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