Our Own Language: An Irish Initiative

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Multilingual Matters, 1991 - 256 pages
This book considers the growth of the Irish language in Belfast today. The reader is invited to take a close look at a unique vibrant speech community in Belfast. During the 1960's its members took a courageous step, when they determined to create an environment wherin they could raise their children as Irish speakers. The success of the initiative is most clearly evidenced by steady diffusion of bilingualism throughout surrounding neighbourhoods.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Historical Backdrop
20
Irish and the Educational System
35
4
49
5
67
6
84
Why Choose the Irishmedium School?
94
Diffusion of Irish into the Home
107
Parents Views
149
Views of the Community Children
162
Linguistic Trends in the Irish of Community Children
186
Conclusions
229
References
246
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