1st Edition

Expanding the Landscapes of Irish English Research Papers in Honour of Dr Jeffrey L. Kallen

Edited By Stephen Lucek, Carolina P. Amador-Moreno Copyright 2022
    304 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection brings together work from scholars across sociolinguistics, World Englishes and linguistic landscapes to reflect on developments and future directions in Irish English, building on the ground-breaking contributions of Jeffrey Kallen to the discipline.

    Taking their cue from Kallen’s extensive body of work on Irish English, the 20 contributors critically examine advances in the field grounded in frameworks from variationist sociolinguistics and semiotic and border studies in linguistic landscapes. Chapters cover pragmatic, cognitive sociolinguistic, sociophonetic, historical and World Englishes perspectives, as well as two chapters which explore the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through the lens of perceptual dialectology and linguistic landscape research. Taken together, the collection showcases the significant role Kallen has played in the growth of Irish English studies as a field in its own right and the impact of this work on a new wave of researchers in the field today and beyond.

    This volume will be of particular interest to scholars of varieties of English, variationist sociolinguistics and linguistic landscape research.

    Table of Contents

    List of Figures

    List of Tables


    Stephen Lucek, Carolina P. Amador-Moreno, John Kirk

    Part I – Irish English: Structures and Cross-Varietal Perspectives

    1. Conservative and innovator?: J.M. Synge and the Irish English Be after V-ing construction

    Kevin McCafferty

    2. "You are some foreigner – you are not even from this country": Comparative Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Diasporas in an Irish ContextCarolina P. Amador-Moreno, Nancy E. Ávila-Ledesma & Karen P. Corrigan

    3. The variable fortunes of the Were-subjunctive in varieties of English

    Markku Filppula

    4. I Had the Dinner Eaten, But She Has a Tooth Gone: Causer and experiencer HAVE constructions in Traditional IrE

    Gili Diamant

    Part II – Irish English: Discourse and Pragmatics

    5. "Bloody Hell, I'm Grand": Adjectives in spoken Irish and British English

    Anne O'Keefe & Geraldine Mark

    6. "Sorry Miss, I completely forgot about it": Apologies and vocatives in Ireland and England

    Anne Barron

    7. Absolutely fantastic and really, really good: Language Variation and Change in Irish English

    Martin Schweinberger

    8. Exploiting pragmatic markers in radio advertising in Ireland 

    Joan O'Sullivan

    9. Sociopragmatic perspectives on Irish English discourse-pragmatic markers: An analysis of But in Dublin English

    Marion Schulte

    10. Confrontational humour in a Dublin sports club: Flouting the conversational maxims of indirectness

    Fergus O'Dwyer

    Part III – Irish English: Symbols, Landscapes and Perceptions

    11. Perceptual dialectology between varieties of Irish English: The Relationship between linguistic and political boundaries on the island of Ireland

    Vicky Garnett & Stephen Lucek

    12. Brexit, borders and belonging in Northern Ireland: Exploring the linguistic landscape of the political border in Ireland

    Deirdre Dunlevy

    13. Indexing Irishness in linguistic landscaping: A touristic perception of the use of Irish language and Irish-style fonts

    Patricia Ronan

    14. Heritage, identity and language use in public spaces Ireland

    Raymond Hickey

    15. Irish English and World Englishes

    John Kirk


    Stephen Lucek is Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland.

    Carolina P. Amador-Moreno is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bergen, Norway.