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Irish travellers’ views on cant: what folk criteria of languageness tell us about the community

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Show simple item record Rieder, Maria 2018-02-27T15:15:03Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article argues that Irish Travellers’ ideologies of languageness and their definition of Cant are closely linked to their perceptions of social reality. Cant is a communicative code which Travellers use beside English in Traveller-specific situations. Based on the analysis of focus groups, I take a folk-linguistic and anthropological approach and examine instances of metacommunication in which languageness and the status of Cant are negotiated among speakers, and explore what they suggest about the community and the local social setting. The analysis uncovers the criteria of ‘ownership’, ‘activity’, ‘understanding’ and ‘privacy’ as essential in the participants’ definition of languageness. I argue that these criteria are strongly linked to the community’s understanding of themselves and relationships with Irish society. Further, I analyse speakers of different age groups’ evaluations of Cant according to the above criteria, and show how what is considered as ‘authentic’ Cant is linked to life trajectories and perceptions of linguistic and social reality. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Language Awareness; 27 (1-2), pp. 40-60
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Language Awarness 2018 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: en_US
dc.subject Irish travellers en_US
dc.subject cant en_US
dc.subject folk linguistics en_US
dc.subject language definition en_US
dc.subject authenticity en_US
dc.subject ideology en_US
dc.title Irish travellers’ views on cant: what folk criteria of languageness tell us about the community 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 2018-02-27T15:06:50Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09658416.2018.1431242 2019-08-05
dc.embargo.terms 2019-08-05 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2736021
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Language Awareness
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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