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Linguistic Elitism: the Advantage of Speaking Irish Rather than the Irish-speaker Advantage

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  • IARFHLAITH WATSON

    (University College Dublin)

  • MÁIRE NIC GHIOLLA PHÁDRAIG

    (University College Dublin)

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This paper contributes to the discussion of linguistic elitism in this journal (Borooah et al., 2009). Two main questions are addressed. First, most “census Irish speakers” are not in fact Irish speakers and the majority of Irish speakers proper are not a coherent group. Second, the Irish language is part of the cultural capital which can be acquired by people with an “advantage.” The argument is made that people with an advantage are more likely to speak Irish rather than Irish speakers being more likely to have an advantage.

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  • Iarfhlaith Watson & Máire Nic Ghiolla Phádraig, 2011. "Linguistic Elitism: the Advantage of Speaking Irish Rather than the Irish-speaker Advantage," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(4), pages 437-454.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:42:y:2011:i:4:p:437-454
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    1. Borooah, Vani K. & Dineen, Donal A. & Lynch, Nicola, 2009. "Language and Occupational Status: Linguistic Elitism in the Irish Labour Market," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 40(4), pages 435-460.
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