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Irish-speaking society and the state

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posted on 2015-02-12, 14:51 authored by Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin
The people of Ireland have a complex relationship with the Irish language. Until the middle of the nineteenth century Irish was widely spoken throughout the country, but even before the watershed of the Great Famine in the 1840s, a linguistic and cultural division of labour had appeared whereby Irish speakers were predominantly found in rural areas and in farming, unskilled or family-based professions socially and economically peripheral to the largely anglophone economy of the growing urban areas, industry and large farms.

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The Celtic Languges, Ball M & Müller N (eds);Chapter 12, pp539-586

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Routledge

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This is an Author's Original Manuscript whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in The Celtic Languages, Ball M & Müller N. © Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

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English

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