Attitudes to and use of Irish language in the island of Ireland

Authors: Merike Darmody

Research Areas: Migration, Integration and Demography

This project has now been completed.

Within the past decades, much discussion in sociolinguistics and the sociology of language has centred on concerns over the survival prospects of lesser-used/ minority languages. It is generally agreed that the survival of a language depends on the degree to which it is used by members of a community and importance attached to it. This study is designed to explore factors affecting attitudes to and the use of the Irish language in the island of Ireland and how these factors relate to each other. In so doing, it utilises a variety of databases, including a 2013 survey. The findings of this study can be used as an evidence base to inform the policy and practice regarding the current status and use of the Irish language in the Republic and Northern Ireland.

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