Orality in Written Texts: Using Historical Corpora to Investigate Irish English 1700-1900, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Orality in Written Texts

Using Historical Corpora to Investigate Irish English 1700-1900, 1st Edition

By Carolina P. Amador-Moreno


246 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138802346
pub: 2019-08-12
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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:

  • draws on data from the Corpus of Irish English Correspondence (CORIECOR), which is composed of personal letters to and from Irish emigrants from the start of the eighteenth century up until the end of the twentieth century;
  • analyses linguistic features that have hitherto remained neglected in the literature on Irish English, including discourse-pragmatic markers, and deictic and pronominal forms;
  • discusses how the survival of the pragmatic mode has resulted in the preservation of certain facets of the Irish English variety as known today;
  • explores sociolinguistic issues from a historical perspective.

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

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Author’s Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

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


About the Author

Dr. Carolina P. Amador-Moreno is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Extremadura, Spain.

About the Series

Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics

The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics Series is a series of monograph studies exhibiting cutting-edge research in the field of corpus linguistics.

Corpus linguistics is one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing areas of the field of language studies and it is difficult to see a future for empirical language research where results are not replicable by reference to corpus data. The aim of the series is to showcase the latest research in the field of applied language studies where corpus findings are at the forefront of the research.

This series was co-founded by Ronald Carter (1947-2018).

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact the Series Editors, Michael McCarthy and Anne O’Keeffe (Anne.OKeeffe@mic.ul.ie).


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative