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I mBéal an Bháis: The Great Famine and the Language Shift in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

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Perhaps the most profound cultural change in modern Irish history has been the replacement of Irish by English as the main vernacular of the general population in the centuries since the conquest of Ireland in the sixteenth century. It is a complex story, but the massive impact of the Famine (mortality and emigration) on the later phase of this language change demands precise analysis.

Based on his own work and taking account of recent studies of the language change, in this Folio Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh examines closely explanations and interpretations of this change of vernacular - over the long term and in its nineteenth-century setting - with a firm focus on the role of the Great Famine in this episode of fundamental cultural transformation.

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University publishes Famine Folios, a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering many aspects of the Famine in Ireland from 1845-1852 - the worst demographic catastrophe of nineteenth-century Europe. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, philosophy, media history, political economy, literature and music.


Author: Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

Format: Paperback

Size: 22.8 x 29.7 cm, 52 pages

Publisher: Quinnipiac University Press

ISBN: 9780990468677

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