Publication details [#65791]

O'Rourke, Bernadette and Sara C. Brennan. 2019. Regimenting the Gaeltacht: Authenticity, anonymity, and expectation in contemporary Ireland. Language & Communication 66 : 20–28.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Amsterdam: Elsevier


Using the authenticity and anonymity model, this paper examines the Irish State's mobilisation of these contrary but interlinked language ideologies in tries to order Irish use both within the traditionally Irish-speaking Gaeltacht regions and nationwide. Using ethnographic fieldwork in western Ireland, the paper explores how non-traditional Irish speakers' grasp of the Gaeltacht and its native speakers as a resource for immersion in the authentic language, forms hopes of how native Irish speakers within these regions speak, live and act. This debate stresses the links between social action, linguistic ideology, and political economy.