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Language and occupational status: linguistic elitism in the Irish labour market

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dc.contributor.author Borooah, Vani K.
dc.contributor.author Dineen, Donal A.
dc.contributor.author Lynch, Nicola
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-27T11:53:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-27T11:53:28Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2416
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description This paper was obtained through PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) http://www.peerproject.eu
dc.description.abstract This paper, using data from the 2006 Irish Census, provides evidence of the structural advantage of Irish speaking, relative to non-speaking workers in Ireland’s labour market with advantage and disadvantage being defined in terms of occupational outcomes. To the best of our knowledge there has been no systematic investigation of any advantage enjoyed by Irish speakers in Ireland and allegations of the comfortable middle class ambience of the Gaelscoileanna have remained at the level of anecdote. Since linguistic elitism is a feature of many societies and since Irish enjoys the constitutional status of the national and first official language of Ireland, such an investigation was, arguably, overdue. This is then compared to the structural advantage of Irish speaking workers in Northern Ireland and of Welsh speaking workers in Wales. Our conclusion is that after controlling for as many relevant factors as the data permitted, a considerable part of the difference between Irish speakers and non-speakers in Ireland, in their proportionate presence in the upper reaches of occupational class, was due to structural advantage. The major contribution of this paper is to lift the debate about the economic position of Irish speakers in Ireland above the level of hearsay: dúirt bean liom go ndúirt bean léi. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Economic and Social Research Institute en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economic and Social Review;40(4), Winter pp. 435-460
dc.relation.uri http://www.esr.ie/esrpage4.html
dc.subject Irish language en_US
dc.subject labour market en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title Language and occupational status: linguistic elitism in the Irish labour market en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor IRCHSS en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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