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LINGUIST List 22.3411

Mon Aug 29 2011

Books: Language Change/Historical Linguistics/Phonology: Hickey

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , The Dialects of Irish: Hickey

Message 1: The Dialects of Irish: Hickey
Date: 26-Aug-2011
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The Dialects of Irish: Hickey
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Title: The Dialects of Irish
Subtitle: Study of a Changing Landscape
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 230
Published: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110238044-1

Author: Raymond Hickey
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110238303 Pages: 508 Price: Europe EURO 119.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110238044 Pages: 508 Price: Europe EURO 119.95
Abstract:

The book offers a comprehensive overview of forms of modern Irish within a
general linguistic framework. Starting with information on the sociolinguistics
of modern Irish and on the overall sound system of the language, it then
proceeds with a tripartite division of the present-day language into northern,
western and southern Irish. It gives specific information on the features of
each dialect and considers many sub-divisions, using maps and tables to
illustrate clearly what is the subject of discussion. There are several
innovations in the book, such as a system of lexical sets which facilitate the
description and analysis of variation and change in modern Irish.

The data for the book stems from recordings of more than 200 speakers and
all the statements made about the structure of Irish are based on native
speakers' speech samples. These are supplied online with a software
interface which allows users to quickly orient themselves among the varieties
of Irish via clickable maps.

A number of further issues are focused on in the book, such as the possibility
of dialect reconstruction and the use of place-name evidence for determining
the earlier distribution of Irish. Additional historical and background
information is provided so that scholars and students without any previous
knowledge of the language can readily grasp the themes and issues
discussed.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Phonology
                            Sociolinguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Language Change

Subject Language(s): Irish (gle)

Written In: English (eng )

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