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Modelling World EnglishesA Joint Approach to Postcolonial and Non-Postcolonial Varieties$
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Sarah Buschfeld and Alexander Kautzsch

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474445863

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445863.001.0001

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English in Ireland: Intra-territorial Perspectives on Language Contact

English in Ireland: Intra-territorial Perspectives on Language Contact

(p.322) Chapter 15 English in Ireland: Intra-territorial Perspectives on Language Contact
Modelling World Englishes

Patricia Ronan

Edinburgh University Press

This study investigates in how far Schneider’s Dynamic Model and the Extra- and Intra-territorial Forces Model can explain the rise of the English language in Ireland. The study uses a largely qualitative approach with data drawn from historical texts and corpora. It is argued that the English language, in spite of the strong position of the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman settlers, was a minority language potentially under threat of extinction at the beginning of the early Modern Period and developed into the de facto first language in Ireland due to continued extra- and intra-territorial pressure. Irish language speaking population groups nevertheless retained sufficient linguistic influence to allow for some language contact features to observable in the resulting contact variety of English.

Keywords:   Irish English, Extra- and Intra-territorial Forces Model, Dynamic Model, Anglo-Norman settlement, Irish language, identity construction

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