New PDF release: An Irish-Speaking Island: State, Religion, Community, and

By Nicholas M. Wolf

After 1770, eire skilled the institution of recent types of Irish Catholicism, new engagement by means of the general public with the political procedure, and the expansion of the trendy country, represented by means of new felony and academic structures. An Irish-Speaking Island investigates the position in those advancements of the inhabitants who spoke Irish of their day-by-day lives—whether as a primary or moment language—and hyperlinks the historical past of language touch and bilingualism with the wider heritage of eire within the eighteenth and 19th centuries.

            As past due as 1840, eire had as many as 4 million Irish speakers—a major percentage of the full population—who might be present in each county of the island and in all social periods and non secular persuasions. Their influence at the smooth background of eire and the uk can't be captured by way of an easy end that they grew to become anglicized. quite, Nicholas M. Wolf explores the advanced ways that the transition from Irish to English put a top rate on adaptive bilingualism and formed ideals and behaviour within the family sphere, spiritual existence, and oral tradition in the group. An Irish-Speaking Island will curiosity not just historians but additionally students of linguistics, folklore, politics, literature, and religion.

Winner, Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and tradition, American convention for Irish Studies

Winner, Donald Murphy Prize for exceptional First Books, American convention for Irish Studies

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