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Books on the History of the Irish Language

There are occasional posts here inquiring about the history of the Irish language, so I thought these sources might be of interest:

GENERAL/LINGUISTIC Doyle, A History of the Irish Language (2015) https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Irish-Language-Independence-Linguistics/dp/0198724764

LITERARY/EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE WITH CHAPTER ON IRISH LANGUAGE O'Connell, Helen, Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement (2006) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ireland-Fiction-Improvement-Helen-OConnell/dp/0199286469

LITERARY PERSPECTIVE Bennett-Kastor, Tina. Multi-Literate Ireland (London, 2015). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Multiliterate-Ireland-Literary-Manifestations-Multilingual-ebook/dp/B01946RNSW

REPUBLICAN PERSPECTIVE Mac Ionnrachtaigh, Feargal. Language, Resistance and Revival (New York, 2013). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Language-Resistance-Revival-Republican-Prisoners-ebook/dp/B00CEXC74I/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Mac+Ionnrachtaigh%2C+Feargal.+Language%2C+Resistance+and+Revival+%28New+York%2C+2013%29.&qid=1554402170&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-fkmr0

TRANSLATION PERSPECTIVE: Cronin, Michael. Translating Ireland https://www.amazon.co.uk/Translating-Ireland-Translation-Languages-cultural/dp/1859180183

TRANSLATION/POSTCOLONIAL PERSPECTIVE: Tymoczko, Maria. Translation in a Postcolonial Context

And for a nerdy bonus: I've been interested in Irish speakers' knowledge of classical texts and thought Ireland and the Classics by Stanford was a great read. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/classical-review/article/ireland-and-the-classics-stanford-w-b-ireland-and-the-classical-tradition-pp-x-262-dublin-allen-figgis-1976-cloth-750/3685565849CD26D5DE2721EE64E6A12A

April 4, 2019



Update: When I posted earlier, I had read all the other books on the list but was only a little ways into Doyle's A History of the Irish Language. Now much of the way through, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It manages to be at once a wide-ranging magisterial work and a page turner that I've just put to use as airplane reading.


Go raith maith agat! Just the kind of thing I love to dig into.

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