Language revitalisation models in minority language contexts: Tensions between ideologies of authenticity and anonymity

Bernadette O'Rourke

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Abstract

This article looks at the historicisation of the native speaker and ideologies of authenticity and anonymity in Europe's language revitalisation movements. It focuses specifically on the case of Irish in the Republic of Ireland and examines how the native speaker ideology and the opposing ideological constructs of authenticity and anonymity filter down to the belief systems and are discursively produced by social actors on the ground. For this I draw on data from ongoing fieldwork in the Republic of Ireland, drawing on interviews with a group of Irish language enthusiasts located outside the officially designated Irish-speaking Gaeltacht.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-82
Number of pages20
JournalAnthropological Journal of European Cultures
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Anonymity
  • Authenticity
  • Irish
  • Language revitalisation
  • Minority languages
  • New speakers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies

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