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An Introduction to Irish English

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An Introduction to Irish English is a practical introduction to the English spoken in Ireland, its most characteristic features, and its historical development. As well as looking at the specific examples where substratum from the Irish Language can be observed, the book analyses other features unique to Irish English, from different perspectives (taking into account, for example, the pragmatic implications of certain syntactic structures in current spoken Irish English). It offers the reader a comprehensive coverage of the history and most salient features of this variety of English, while discussing key concepts such as bilingualism and language shift.

The material is presented in a simple and accessible manner. It encourages the reader to discuss and think critically about the topics and to use the last section of each chapter as a basis for further investigation. An Introduction to Irish English contains exercises and practical activities with each chapter, as well as suggestions for further reading. It deals with both real data and fictional representations of this variety and it includes excerpts from literature, media and film scripts, as well as other contexts, including everyday conversation, newspapers, e-mail, blogs, etc.

Published: Apr 1, 2010


Section Chapter Authors
Preface Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Acknowledgements Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Some key notions Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
The history of the English language in Ireland Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
The grammar of Irish English Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
The vocabulary of Irish English Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
The sounds of Irish English Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Fictional representations of Irish English Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Meaning what they say: the pragmatics of Irish English Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Searching corpora for data Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Implications for English as a foreign language teachers and learners Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
References Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno
Index Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Amador Moreno

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'Amador-Moreno’s book is an accomplished introduction to the oldest example of what Hickey (2004) calls “transported” English. It is written in a clear and engaging style, and for the most part achieves the often difficult balance between introductory clarity and expository depth. I would particularly recommend it as a supplementary reader for any course concerned with the study of World Englishes. Finally, the book is also, in its quiet, understated way, a welcome plea for linguistic and cultural diversity: for maintaining and encouraging the range of dialects, vocabularies, grammars, discourses, and all the other linguistic ingredients that enable the rich variety of Englishes around the world to grow and flourish.'
Japan Association for Language Teaching Journal 34.2, November 2012

'An Introduction to Irish English shows that writing an introductory textbook is a skill that Carolina P. Amador-Moreno masters; the book is quite inspiring and inspired, it offers many thought-provoking ideas, and its structure and language are clear.'
Sociolinguistic Studies, 5.2 (2011)

'A good choice for a course on international varieties of English [and] as a supplementary text on the variety of English in Ireland.'
Journal of Sociolinguistic Studies

'The discussion throughout is clear and uncomplicated, generally devoid of issues of theory, and amply supplemented by relevant interactive activities. Throughout, the narrative presents a good introductory survey of the source material. The discussion of fictional representations is especially good.'
E-Language: Digital Publishing in Linguistics

'The book creates a wonderful balance between the theory and the Irish English data. It is rich with illustrations of different features with examples from the author's own research and observations over the years, in particular her classroom experiences. This is an excellent book, well written in an engaging style. It will be attractive to the audience of people interested in the study of Irish English. It will also prove interesting and engaging to the general reader interested in Irish English or Hiberno-English.'
Brian Nolan, Head of the Department of Informatics at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in Dublin, Ireland

'In one important respect this book is a welcome innovation in the literature on varieties of English. It is deliberately constructed as a textbook.'
Raymond Hickey, Department of Anglophone Studes, University of Duisburg and Essen, English World-Wide 32:2

'Amador has provided us with an excellent contribution, both scholarly and didactic at the same time that must be recommended not only for those who want to enlarge their linguistic scope but for everybody interested in real and alive Ireland.'
Inés Praga, Professor of English, University of Burgos, Spain, Estudios Irlandeses, number 6, 2011.

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