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Irish English, Volume 1 - Northern Ireland$
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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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History, including changes in progress

History, including changes in progress

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(p.104) 5 History, including changes in progress
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Irish English, Volume 1 - Northern Ireland
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Karen P. Corrigan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634286.003.0005

Although universal and language-internal processes have operated to create the structural features Northern Irish English described elsewhere in the book, they were also generated by a combination of external factors unique to this part of the world. Of particular importance is historical linguistic contact between populations induced by various migratory processes, including colonisation. In language contact settings, before any claim can be made about the origins of a particular structural feature or the manner in which it has been learned, it is crucial to establish a number of facts about the contact situation itself. In particular, there is the issue of the so-called ‘founder effect’ (Mufwene 2001: 28-29, 2008: 134-143; Thomason 2001: 93; Thomason and Kaufman 1988: 111). This chapter therefore addresses questions regarding the manner in which language shift spread within the region over time utilizing the models of communication network, dialect geography and language ecology introduced in Chapter 1.

Keywords:   Language Ecology, Language Contact, Mesolithic Period, Bronze Age, Medieval Period, Tudor Period, Stuart Era, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Modern Times

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