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A Source Book for Irish English

Raymond Hickey

Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2002, xii, 541 pages + CD-ROM.

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Abstract A whole range of references relating to Irish English in all its aspects are gathered together here and in the majority of cases annotations are supplied. The book also has a detailed introduction dealing the history of Irish English, the documentation available and contains an overview of the themes in Irish English which have occupied linguists working in the field. Various appendixes offer information on the history of Irish English studies and biographical notes on scholars from this area. All the bibliographical material is contained on the accompanying CD-ROM along with appropriate software for processing the databases and texts in which this material is contained. The databases are fully searchable, information can be exported at will and customised extracts can be created by users.


I An historical outline

1 Matters of terminology

2 External history of Irish English

 2.1 Initial settlement
 2.1.1 Spread of English
 2.1.2 The linguistic situation in medieval Ireland
 2.2 Renewed dominance of English
 2.2.1 Transplantation and transportation
 2.3 The eighteenth century
 2.3.1 Hedge schools
 2.3.2 The ascendancy
 2.4 The nineteenth century

3 English in the north of Ireland

 3.1 Emigration from Ulster

4 Documents for the first period

 4.1 Medieval period
 4.2 Manuscripts of the medieval period
 4.2.1 English texts
 4.2.2 French (Anglo-Norman) texts

5 Forth and Bargy

 5.1 Link with medieval Irish English

II Research themes

 1 Approaching the field
 2 The history of Irish English
 3 Retention versus contact
 4 Linguistic levels
 5 Varieties of Irish English
 6 Irish English as non-standard English
 7 Relationships abroad

III Annotated bibliography

1 English in Ireland

 1.1 A first orientation
 1.1.1 Questions of nomenclature
 1.1.2 Bibliographies of Irish English
 1.1.3 Linguistic surveys of Irish English

 1.2 Overviews and general works
 1.2.1 Overviews of Irish English
 1.2.2 Works with remarks on Irish English

 1.3 Regional and sociolinguistic studies
 1.3.1 Regional studies of Irish English
 1.3.2 The language of Dublin
 1.3.3 Sociolinguistic treatments

 1.4 The historical dimension
 1.4.1 Medieval Irish English
 1.4.2 The dialect of Forth and Bargy
 1.4.3 The early modern period Thomas Sheridan
 1.4.4 The nineteenth century

 1.5 Contact and borrowing
 1.5.1 Contact between Irish and English
 1.5.2 The influence of Irish on English
 1.5.3 The influence of English on Irish

 1.6 Linguistic levels
 1.6.1 The phonology of Irish English
 1.6.2 The morphology of Irish English
 1.6.3 Syntax of Irish English
 1.6.4 Tense, mood and aspect
 1.6.5 The lexicon of Irish English

 1.7 The language of literature
 1.7.1 General works
 1.7.2 Works on 'Stage Irish'
 1.7.3 The term 'Brogue'

 1.8 The language of individual authors
 1.8.1 Swift
 1.8.2 Synge
 1.8.3 O'Casey
 1.8.4 Joyce

 1.9 Non-linguistic studies
 1.10 The North of Ireland
 1.10.1 The history of English in Ulster
 1.10.2 Ulster Scots English
 1.10.3 General studies
 1.10.4 Individual descriptions
 1.10.5 Sociolinguistic studies
 1.10.6 The language of Belfast
 1.10.7 Lexical studies
 1.10.8 Non-linguistic works
 1.10.9 Works on Ulster Irish
 1.10.10 Dedicated collections

2 Extra-territorial varieties

 2.1 The Celtic regions
 2.1.1 Scotland General studies Scots Scottish lexicography Gaelic and English contact Norn
 2.1.2 Wales
 2.1.3 Manx English
 2.1.4 The South-West
 2.1.5 Dedicated collections

 2.2 Mainland England
 2.2.1 General
 2.2.2 Dialect studies
 2.2.3 Scouse
 2.2.4 Tyneside
 2.2.5 Dedicated collections

 2.3 Atlantic
 2.3.1 North America Immigration to the New World Canada Newfoundland United States Appalachia African American Vernacular English
 2.3.2 Caribbean Creoles
 2.3.3 Dedicated collections
 2.4 The Southern Hemisphere
 2.4.1 Africa and Asia
 2.4.2 Australia and New Zealand
 2.4.3 Dedicated collections

3 Additional languages

 3.1 The Celtic background
 3.1.1 Celtic
 3.1.2 Irish
 3.1.3 Scottish Gaelic
 3.1.4 Manx
 3.1.5 Welsh
 3.1.6 Cornish
 3.1.7 Breton
 3.1.8 Onomastics

 3.2 Minor languages in Irish history
 3.2.1 Norse
 3.2.2 Flemish
 3.2.3 Anglo-Norman
 3.2.4 Shelta, Polari and Romani

 3.3 Irish in contemporary Ireland
 3.3.1 Bilingualism
 3.3.2 Education
 3.3.3 Language planning

4 General reference

 4.1 The cultural and historical setting
 4.1.1 General
 4.1.2 The arts
 4.1.3 Geography
 4.1.4 Politics
 4.1.5 History

 4.2 Literature in Ireland
 4.2.1 The Irish tradition
 4.2.2 Writers and writings in English

IV Appendixes

 1 Journals
 2 Biographical notes
 3 Institutions, associations
 4 Conferences on Irish English
 5 Dates in the history of Irish English
 6 Outline of Irish history
 7 Glossary
 8 Maps

V Index

VI Retrieval software