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History, including changes in progress

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/9780748634286.003.0005
History, including changes in progress

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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

Chapter.  10554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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