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Geography, demography and cultural factors

Karen P. Corrigan

in Irish English, Volume 1 - Northern Ireland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780748634286
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634286.003.0001
Geography, demography and cultural factors

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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

Chapter.  8049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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