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Voices Silenced - Guthanna in Eag: Has Irish a Future - An Mairfidh an Ghaeilge Beo [Kindle Edition]

James McCloskey
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A considered look at the current state of the Irish language in the wider context of endangered languages. Our understanding of the particular situation of Irish is greatly enhanced by the world, linguistic and ecological perspectives which the author brings to the subject. The text appears first in the English language (some 50 pages) and is followed by the Irish-language version of the book (another c.50 pages), for those who wish to read that.

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Text: English

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  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Cois Life Teoranta (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RR91RK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars More about the title than the subtitle September 21, 2004
Is Irish dead, moribund, or alive? James McCloskey, a linguist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, tackles this question in his bilingual book. I found his musings far too rambling-even within the small scope of 51 pages in either language-around the world rather than addressing Irish itself. His title misleads: only chapter six and an epilogue focus upon Gaeilge. Yet, this intercontinental context has too often been neglected when addressing Ireland's language question, and his counter-parochialism exemplifies how contemporary linguists can apply issues of language death, transmission, and recovery learned over the past century-often after the Gaelic Revival-as anthropologists, missionaries, professors, and activists began to encounter many more of the approximately 6,800 languages still surviving the century after the founding of Conradh na Gaeilge. Yet, half of the world's languages will not survive this century, experts predict. In expanding and resisting imperialism, strategies of how people encode a wealth of meaning within a particular means of expressing their worldview in a microcosmic means of preservation and progression.

McCloskey spends most of this very short book--the 51 pp. are duplicated more or less in Irish and English, although not an exact translation to the former from the latter--musing about the international threats to languages. This material can be found in such books as David Crystal's Language Death, and even for Scots Gaelic, in an earlier academic work by Nancy Dorian with the same title as Crystal's short overview. I wish McCloskey had delved more deeply into his subtopic.

Still, alongside Darerca Ni Chartuir's The Irish Language: An Overview and Guide (2001 ed.) and Ciaran MacMurchaidh's "Who Needs Irish?
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