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Title: Contests and Contexts
Subtitle: The Irish Language and Ireland's Socio-Economic Development
Written By: John Walsh
Series Title: Reimagining Ireland - Volume 15

Despite being Ireland's national and first official language, Irish is
marginalised and threatened as a community language. The dominant discourse
has long dismissed the Irish language as irrelevant or even an obstacle to
Ireland's progress. This book critiques that discourse and contends that
the promotion of Irish and sustainable socio-economic development are not
mutually exclusive aims.

The author surveys historical and contemporary sources, particularly those
used by the Irish historian J.J. Lee, and argues that the Irish language
contributes positively to socio-economic development. He grounds this
argument in theoretical perspectives from sociolinguistics, political
economy and development theory, and suggests a new theoretical framework
for understanding the relationship between language and development. The
link between the Irish language and Ireland's socio-economic development is
examined in a number of case studies, both within the traditional
Irish-speaking Gaeltacht communities and in urban areas.
Following the spectacular collapse of the Irish economy in 2008, this
critical challenge to the dominant discourse on development is a timely and
thought-provoking study.

Contents: Overview of Irish Language - Approaches to Language and
Development: Contributions from History - Language, Culture and
Development: Elaborating a Theoretical Framework - The Influence of the
Irish Language on Socio-Economic Development in the Gaeltacht -
Case-Studies on the Influence of the Irish Language on Socio-Economic
Development in the Gaeltacht - A Changing Relationship between Language and
Socio-Economic Development: The Evolution of Údarás na Gaeltachta - The
Influence of Irish on Development in an Urban Setting: West Belfast and
Galway City.

John Walsh is a Lecturer in Irish at the School of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures, National University of Ireland, Galway. He has previously
worked as a lecturer at Dublin City University, with the European Bureau
for Lesser-Used Languages, and as a journalist with the Irish state
broadcaster RTÉ and the Irish-language television channel TG4. In 2009 he
was appointed Fulbright Irish Language Scholar and spent six months
teaching and researching at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Irish
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039119141
Pages: 492
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