Linguistic relativity and dialectical idiomatization: language ideologies and second language acquisition in the Irish language revival of Northern Ireland

Zenker, Olaf (2014). Linguistic relativity and dialectical idiomatization: language ideologies and second language acquisition in the Irish language revival of Northern Ireland. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 24(1), pp. 63-83. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/jola.12037

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A considerable number of Irish Catholics in West Belfast, originally native English speakers, have started learning the Irish language throughout the Northern Irish conflict in order to feel more Irish. Many of these have developed a strong conviction that the Irish language contains a different worldview from the one embodied in English. However, rather than constituting a plausible representation of relevant differences embodied in the languages themselves, this article puts forward the hypothesis that such a neo-Whorfian endorsement of linguistic relativity might rather be the product of dialectical idiomatization, following from the interplay of prevailing language ideologies and effects of second language acquisition.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Zenker, Olaf

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1548-1395

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Johanna Weidtmann

Date Deposited:

29 Aug 2014 13:40

Last Modified:

22 Feb 2016 11:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/jola.12037

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Irish language revival, language ideology, second language acquisition, indexical idiomatization, iconical idiomatization, linguistic relativity, ethnicity

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.54736

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/54736

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