The issue of language in Ireland has been at the centre of much heated debate in the closely linked spheres of culture and politics at least since the early 1980s. The essays in this collection seek to place the ongoing debate on Irish and Ulster-Scots on both sides of the Irish border within a broader comparative frame with specific reference to positions on lesser-used languages in the very different contexts of France and Spain. The result is a book that looks at the situation of a number of lesser-used western European languages within three broad frames: cultural politics, the education system and relations with the state (or states) in which they are spoken. While Irish runs off with the lion's share of the attention, the reader will find work on Ulster-Scots, Welsh, Breton, Basque and Catalan. The book also reflects broader choices made by Irish studies in France which are structured within a strongly transdisciplinary frame. Thus, the texts that feature in the present volume operate in various, often interconnecting fields: literature, history, geopolitics, linguistics and cultural studies.
Wesley Hutchinson is Professor of Irish Studies at the Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. He is Director of the Pole Irlande of Prismes (EA4398) and President of the Societe francaise d'etudes irlandaises (SOFEIR). His research interests centre on the Protestant and unionist traditions in Ireland. Cliona Ni Riordain lectures in Irish Studies and Translation Studies at the Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. Her research focuses on contemporary Irish poetry and on the interface between translation and creativity.
Contents: Aodan Mac Poilin: "Something of a Cultural War." Linguistic Politics in Northern Ireland - Ian Adamson: The Ulster-Scots Movement. A Personal Account - Frank Ferguson: Ulster-Scots Revival or Ullans Twilight? States in Play in Contemporary Ulster-Scots Literature - Diarmait Mac Giolla Chriost: The Turn to Rights in the Language Question - Grace Neville: "I Got Second in Latin, Greek, and English, and Eleventh in French." Attitudes to Language(s) in the Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) - Adeline Tissier-Moston: The Campaign for the Recognition of the Irish Language in National Schools (1874-1904) - Patricia Fournier-Noel: Immigrant Pupils and the Irish Language in Republic of Ireland Primary Schools - Padraig O Duibhir: "It's Only a Language." The Attitudes and Motivation of Irish-medium Education Students to the Irish Language - Ronan Barre : L'irlandais peut-il seulement etre une langue ? - Yann Bevant: What Future for the Irish Language? Elements of Comparison with Brittany - Tangui Pennec : Les grands patrons bretons et la langue bretonne. Investissement sentimental ou engagement politique ? - Barbara Loyer : Les territoires de la langue basque. Conflits et representations - Cyril Trepier : Les patrons catalans et la langue. Attitudes diverses.
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