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dc.contributor.authorWalsh, John
dc.identifier.citationWalsh, John. (2019). National identity and belonging among gay ‘new speakers’ of Irish. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 8(1), 53-81. doi:
dc.description.abstractNew speakers refer to people who use a language regularly but are not traditional native speakers of that language. Although this discussion has been going on for some time in other sub-disciplines of linguistics, it is more recent in research about European minoritised languages. A feature of discourse around such languages relates to their perceived suitability for diverse urban settings removed from their historical rural heartlands. Irish is an example of a minoritised language which was long associated with conservative rural communities, a reified Catholic discourse of national identity and language ideologies based on nativism. Such an approach not only marginalised urban new speakers of Irish but also exhibited hostility to LGBTQ citizens who did not befit its particular version of Irishness. In this paper, a framework of Critical Sociolinguistics is used to analyse identity positions and ideologies expressed by urban new speakers of Irish who identify as gay and/or queer.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipFieldwork for this article was supported by a grant from the Irish Research Council’s ‘New Foundations’ scheme, awarded in 2014. I wish to thank Prof. Máirín Nic Eoin and Dr Stephanie Rudwick for their helpful comments when this article was being written. I also extend my gratitude to the two anonymous reviewers and to Prof. William Leap for their assistance. Versions of this paper were presented at the University of Edinburgh and at the Lavender Language conference in Nottingham in May 2017 and I thank those who attended and asked useful questions. This paper has benefitted from discussions within the EUsupported COST Action IS1306 ‘New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges’.en_IE
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishingen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Language and Sexualityen
dc.subjectNew speakersen_IE
dc.subjectIrish languageen_IE
dc.subjectMinoritised languagesen_IE
dc.subjectCritical sociolinguisticsen_IE
dc.subjectQueer linguisticsen_IE
dc.subjectLanguage planningen_IE
dc.titleNational identity and belonging among gay ‘new speakers’ of Irishen_IE
dc.contributor.funderIrish Research Councilen_IE
dc.local.contactJohn Walsh, Áras Na Gaeilge, Oé Gaillimh. 2563 Email:

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