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Sex, lies and thematising Irish new media, old discourses?

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Show simple item record Kelly-Holmes, Helen 2013-10-25T14:03:57Z 2013-10-25T14:03:57Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Kelly-Holmes, H (2011) 'Sex, lies and thematising Irish New media, old discourses?'. Journal Of Language And Politics, 10 :511-534. en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Thematising Irish in the media reflects the complex and contradictory sociolinguistic and language-ideological situation in Ireland. This article explores some of that complexity by investigating a thread on an online discussion forum on the subject of the first ever party leaders' debate in Irish that took place during the 2011 general election in Ireland. In the discussion thread, three particular discourses emerge: a "discourse of truth" about Irish as lacking both authority as a national language and authenticity as a minority language of a recognizable ethnic group; a discourse of "them and us"; involving a differentiation between "Irish speakers" and "non-Irish speakers", largely based on notions of competence; and, finally, a newly emerging discourse of "sexy Irish", which signals a commodification of Irish speakers as young, beautiful and mediatisable. The features of the forum and the online, real-time evolution of the discussion thread impact in a number of ways upon these discourses and ideologies. However, despite the possibilities afforded by the forum, which are utilized by posters for performing Irish in different ways, these everyday practices are effectively erased and invalidated by the prevailing discourses, which rely strongly on the notion of bilingualism as parallel and discrete monolingualisms. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher John Benjamins Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Language and Politics;10(4), pp. 511-534
dc.subject language ideologies en_US
dc.subject Irish en_US
dc.subject parallel monolingualism en_US
dc.subject minority languages en_US
dc.subject new media en_US
dc.title Sex, lies and thematising Irish new media, old discourses? 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 2013-10-23T11:46:03Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1387484
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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