246 pages | 11 B/W Illus.
Orality in Written Texts provides a methodologically and theoretically innovative study of change in Irish English in the period 1700-1900. Focusing in on a time during which Ireland became overwhelmingly English-speaking, the book traces the use of various linguistic features of Irish English in different historical contexts and over time. This book:
With direct relevance to corpus-based literary studies as well as the exploration of hybrid, modern-day text forms, Orality in Written Texts is key reading for advanced students and researchers of corpus linguistics, varieties of English, language change and historical linguistics, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Irish history and migration.
"An important contribution to research on Irish English in the diaspora, Orality in Written Texts demonstrates the importance of letters as evidence for the language of Irish migrants and the potential contribution of Irish English to other varieties of English across the world."
Joan C. Beal, University of Sheffield, UK
"This book successfully combines quantitative and qualitative analyses of corpus data in order to investigate the time-depth of widespread linguistic phenomena that have often drawn the attention of both scholarly and more general audiences, such as the Celtic influence on varieties of English and instances of colloquialization. A broad range of examples support well-argued case studies, thus enabling readers to access authentic sources and contributing to dispel myths of recency or stigmatized usage."
Marina Dossena, University of Bergamo, Italy
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Chapter 1. Introduction: opening windows into the past
Chapter 2. The historical context of the letters
Chapter 3. The orality of private correspondence. Using emigrant letters for linguistic analysis.
Chapter 4. Discourse-pragmatic variation
Chapter 5. Deictics
Chapter 6. Embedded questions
Chapter 7. Concluding remarks
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