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Karen Corrigan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634286

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634286.001.0001

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Geography, demography and cultural factors

Geography, demography and cultural factors

(p.1) 1 Geography, demography and cultural factors
Irish English, Volume 1 - Northern Ireland

Karen P. Corrigan

Edinburgh University Press

Northern Ireland (NI) can be divided into a number of distinct geographic and socio-economic areas, an understanding of which is important to any interpretation of the ‘linguistic ecology’ of the region in the sense of Mufwene (2001) and (2008). This chapter examines the geography of NI in general terms and also highlights particular geological and topographical features that serve to differentiate the dialect zones of NI. Cultural, demographic and socio-political factors, which are also relevant to the ecology of language in NI, are also included.

Keywords:   Communication Networks, Demography, Dialect Zone, Ethnic Group, Geography, Geology, Linguistic Ecology, Topography

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