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- DescriptionUsing research methods and techniques, the author closely analyses the emergence of the Irish language amongst republican prisoners and ex prisoners in Northern Ireland from the 1970's up until the present. This pioneering study shows how the language was used exclusively in parts of the prison, despite the efforts of the prison authorities to suppress the language, and the dramatic impact this had on Irish society. Drawing on interviews with the prisoners, and various other materials, Mac Giolla Chriost shows how these developments gave rise to the popular coinage of the term 'Jailtacht', a deformation of 'Gaeltacht' - the official Irish-speaking district of the Republic of Ireland, to describe this unique linguistic phemen.
- Author BiographyDr Diarmait Mac Giolla Chriost, appointed as Lecturer in the School of Welsh at Cardiff University in 2004. He is currently a Reader there and a member of the School's Research Unit on Language, Policy and Planning. He is a native of Ireland and an authority on linguistic minorities and language planning, and, in particular, the situation of the Irish language.
- Author(s)Diarmait Mac Giolla Chriost
- PublisherUniversity of Wales Press
- Date of Publication08/12/2011
- Place of PublicationWales
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintUniversity of Wales Press
- Content Note25 Black and white, 8 Colour
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm
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