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Media: LAT: A Twist for an Ancient Tongue Trying to Survive

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Irish

Media Body: The Los Angeles Times April 24, 2005

A Twist for an Ancient Tongue Trying to Survive
By John Daniszewski

AN SPIDEAL, Ireland ¡X ... As of March 28, all English versions of place
names were eliminated in the Gaeltacht, the pockets of Ireland where a
majority of people still speak Gaelic. English no longer has official
standing on signposts, legal documents or government maps. (For now, until
the sign-makers get cracking, officials are just covering up the English


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Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.1325
Date Posted: April 24, 2005

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