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Sociolinguistic vitality of Manx after extreme language shift: authenticity without traditional native speakers

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Show simple item record Ó hIfearnáin, Tadhg 2015-02-12T12:27:08Z 2015-02-12T12:27:08Z 2015
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article draws on sociolinguistic fieldwork among speakers of one of Europe's smallest indigenous language communities, a speaker group which persists after the loss of all of its traditional speakers within living memory. The extreme language shift experienced by Manx has not led to loss of the language as a spoken and literary medium due to the efforts of significant numbers of language activists and enthusiasts over several generations, from before the loss of the traditional language community to the present. Their actions have resulted in significant linguistic institutionalisation and a rapidly expanding number of speakers of various abilities, some of whom form a new speaker community . It discusses the constructions of linguistic authenticity and alternative models for the revival speaker, showing how core groups of speakers have been bestowed with authenticity by the wider non-speaker population, for whom linguists' interest in language endangerment and language death are not primary concerns. The article shows how speakers appropriate and are accorded forms of authority and legitimacy in the absence of traditional native speakers en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher De Gruyter en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of the Sociology of Language;231, pp. 45-62
dc.subject authenticity en_US
dc.subject native speaker en_US
dc.subject language revilatization and regeneration en_US
dc.subject Manx Gaelic en_US
dc.subject Monegasque en_US
dc.title Sociolinguistic vitality of Manx after extreme language shift: authenticity without traditional native speakers 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 2015-02-12T11:42:21Z
dc.description.version Published
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/ijsl-2014-0031
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1576049
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dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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