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Galician and Irish in the European Context

Attitudes Towards Weak and Strong Minority Languages


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 1-4
  3. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 5-33
  4. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 34-57
  5. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 58-90
  6. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 91-115
  7. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 116-147
  8. Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 148-154
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 155-185

About this book


An exploration of the role of language attitudes and ideologies in predicting the survival prospects of a minority language. The author examines this role through a cross-national comparative analysis of Irish in the Republic of Ireland and Galician in the Autonomous Community of Galicia in north-west Spain.


bibliography comparative Europe Ireland language minority language policy Spain

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUK

About the authors

BERNADETTE O'ROURKE lecturers in Spanish and General Linguistics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. Her main research interests, on which she has published various articles and chapters, are in sociolinguistics and the sociology of language, with a particular focus on minority language issues.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Galician and Irish in the European Context
  • Book Subtitle Attitudes Towards Weak and Strong Minority Languages
  • Authors B. O'Rourke
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-57403-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-36511-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-29482-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 185
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociolinguistics
    Comparative Linguistics
    Historical Linguistics
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This comparative analysis of the Irish and Galican languages is framed by the persepctive that the impact on language maintenance and shift of macro-ocial factors such as political and institutional support can only be assessed adequately through 'the interpreative filter of linguistic eliefs,/attitudes and ideologies' (p. 3/4). The rationale for this and other compartive studies is that they offer 'a broader and more objective framework than can be achieved through single case studies' (p. 4) avoding the solipsism that can be found in the limited horizons of one langauge studies and benefitting from the novel insights that O'Rourke offers.' Dick Vigers, University of Southampton, Current Issues in Language PLanning, Sept. 2012