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A Comparative Analysis of the Vitality of Welsh and Irish

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dc.contributor.advisor Weinberg, Miranda Morrison, Eva 2020-08-10T13:06:46Z 2020-08-10T13:06:46Z 2020
dc.description.abstract The Welsh and Irish languages, the indigenous languages of Wales and Ireland, respectively, have experienced significant declines in their speaker populations since the beginning of English settlement in their homelands. This decline has not occurred to the same extent in both languages; in the early 21st century, Welsh is habitually spoken by a much larger population, both in absolute numbers and proportion of its indigenous territory's total population, than Irish. This is despite both languages having been the subject of intense revitalization efforts since the 20th century and having official status alongside English in their respective countries. This thesis uses historical data on economic conditions, institutional involvement in language maintenance, and patterns of language shift to elucidate the source of this disparity.
dc.description.sponsorship Tri-College (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges). Department of Linguistics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Irish language -- Usage
dc.subject.lcsh Welsh language -- Usage
dc.subject.lcsh Language policy -- Ireland -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Language policy -- Wales -- History
dc.title A Comparative Analysis of the Vitality of Welsh and Irish
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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