Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts
This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."
Linguistic Diversity and the Irish Traveller Minority
The Irish Travellers are one of Ireland's oldest minorities, a minority who have frequently lived on the margins of the "majority" or settled community. This volume explores linguistic change amongst this cultural group with a particular focus on the influence of the educational system. This book analyses whether increased attendance by young Traveller women in secondary education is influencing long-term change in linguistic usage and speech patterns. The tendency for convergence/non-convergence to the settled community's speech patterns is analysed as is the question of whether such speech variations are a strategy for "survival" in the school environment. This study is based on an analysis of both naturally-occurring conversation and speech as explored within an informal interview setting.