Sociolinguistics in Ireland

  • Raymond Hickey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Language and Society in Contemporary Ireland

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian Ó Catháin
      Pages 41-59
    3. Iarfhlaith Watson
      Pages 60-80
    4. Anne Barron, Irina Pandarova
      Pages 107-130
  3. Language and Society in Irish History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Patricia Ronan
      Pages 133-153
    3. Liam Mac Mathúna
      Pages 154-175
    4. Regina Uí Chollatáin
      Pages 176-197
    5. Raymond Hickey
      Pages 244-265
  4. Sociolinguistic Interfaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Tina Hickey, Nancy Stenson
      Pages 269-298
    3. Carolina P. Amador-Moreno
      Pages 299-319
    4. Shane Walshe
      Pages 320-343
    5. Kathleen Shields
      Pages 344-364
    6. Elaine Vaughan, Brian Clancy
      Pages 365-388
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 389-424

About this book


Sociolinguistics in Ireland takes a fresh look at the interface of language and society in present-day Ireland. In a series of specially commissioned chapters it examines the relationship of the Irish and English languages and traces their dynamic development both in history and at present. A range of topical issues are dealt with such as language and the media as well as the most recent sociolinguistic developments in Ireland. The historical section tells the story of emigration from Ireland to overseas locations and shows how Irish and English interacted through the centuries and how attempts at reviving Irish have coloured Irish politics and education in the past century or so. The contemporary section deals with matters such as language use in present-day Ireland, code-switching between Irish and English, the study of Irish English using modern technology and its prevalence in films produced in Ireland.


identity linguistics migration politics sociolinguistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Raymond Hickey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Duisberg and EssenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-68697-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45347-1
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