The issue of language in Ireland has been at the centre of much heated
debate in the closely linked spheres of culture and politics at least since
the early 1980s. The essays in this collection seek to place the ongoing
debate on Irish and Ulster-Scots on both sides of the Irish border within a
broader comparative frame with specific reference to positions on
lesser-used languages in the very different contexts of France and Spain.
The result is a book that looks at the situation of a number of lesser-used
western European languages within three broad frames: cultural politics,
the education system and relations with the state (or states) in which they
are spoken. While Irish runs off with the lion's share of the attention,
the reader will find work on Ulster-Scots, Welsh, Breton, Basque and Catalan.
The book also reflects broader choices made by Irish studies in France
which are structured within a strongly transdisciplinary frame. Thus, the
texts that feature in the present volume operate in various, often
interconnecting fields: literature, history, geopolitics, linguistics and
Contents: Aodán Mac Póilin: «Something of a Cultural War.» Linguistic
Politics in Northern Ireland - Ian Adamson: The Ulster-Scots Movement. A
Personal Account - Frank Ferguson: Ulster-Scots Revival or Ullans Twilight?
States in Play in Contemporary Ulster-Scots Literature - Diarmait Mac
Giolla Chríost: The Turn to Rights in the Language Question - Grace
Neville: «I Got Second in Latin, Greek, and English, and Eleventh in
French.» Attitudes to Language(s) in the Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell
(1775-1847) - Adeline Tissier-Moston: The Campaign for the Recognition of
the Irish Language in National Schools (1874-1904) - Patricia
Fournier-Noël: Immigrant Pupils and the Irish Language in Republic of
Ireland Primary Schools - Pádraig Ó Duibhir: «It's Only a Language.» The
Attitudes and Motivation of Irish-medium Education Students to the Irish
Language - Ronan Barré : L'irlandais peut-il seulement être une langue ? -
Yann Bevant: What Future for the Irish Language? Elements of Comparison
with Brittany - Tangui Pennec : Les grands patrons bretons et la langue
bretonne. Investissement sentimental ou engagement politique ? - Barbara
Loyer : Les territoires de la langue basque. Conflits et représentations -
Cyril Trépier : Les patrons catalans et la langue. Attitudes diverses.
Wesley Hutchinson is Professor of Irish Studies at the Université Sorbonne
Nouvelle-Paris 3. He is Director of the Pôle Irlande of Prismes (EA4398)
and President of the Société française d'études irlandaises (SOFEIR). His
research interests centre on the Protestant and unionist traditions in Ireland.
Clíona Ní Ríordáin lectures in Irish Studies and Translation Studies at the
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. Her research focuses on contemporary
Irish poetry and on the interface between translation and creativity.