English has been spoken in Ireland for over 800 years, making Irish
English the oldest variety of the language outside Britain. This
2007 book traces the development of English in Ireland, both north
and south, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Drawing on
authentic data ranging from medieval literature to authentic
contemporary examples, it reveals how Irish English arose, how it
has developed, and how it continues to change. A variety of central
issues are considered in detail, such as the nature of language
contact and the shift from Irish to English, the
sociolinguistically motivated changes in present-day Dublin
English, the special features of Ulster Scots, and the
transportation of Irish English to overseas locations as diverse as
Canada, the United States, and Australia. Presenting a
comprehensive survey of Irish English at all levels of linguistics,
this book will be invaluable to historical linguists,
sociolinguists, syntacticians and phonologists alike.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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