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Wars of Words: The Politics of Language in Ireland 1537-2004

Tony Crowley


This book studies the politics of language in Ireland during the colonial and post-colonial periods. Beginning with the Tudors and ending with recent language legislation in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the account set out in this text challenges received notions and reveals a complex, fascinating, and often surprising history. The linguistic aspects of the major issues that have united and divided Ireland are considered, including ethnicity, cultural identity, religion, governance and sovereignty, propriety and purity, memory, and authenticity. But rather than presenting the received wisdom ... More

Keywords: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, colonialism, post-colonialism, language debates, Gaelic, Ulster-Scots, Belfast Agreement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Crowley, author
Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Manchester
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