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Wars of words [electronic resource] : the politics of language in Ireland, 1537-2004 /
Tony Crowley.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
description
viii, 253 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
019927343X (acid-free paper), 9780199273430 (acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
isbn
019927343X (acid-free paper)
9780199273430 (acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8098372
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-233) and index.
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Review Quotes
A first-rate pice of scholarship that deserves to be read by any student of Ireland and her history.
a first-rate piece of scholarship that deserves to be read by any student of Ireland and her history.
A Sourcebook, a treasure trove... Crowley brings a welcome sensitivity to the complexity of his subject ... Tony Crowley's War of Words and his earlier THe Politics of Language in Ireland are seminal texts for our understanding of how that dichotomy has evolved over the centuries. [Crowley has] raised profoundly important questions and provided a context in which they can be thought about and planned for in the hope that future wars over words will be far less bitter and prolonged.
"Crowley has preformed a commendable service to future students of the politics and linguistics of English and Irish." --Geolinguistics
"Crowley has preformed a commendable service to future students of the politics and linguistics of English and Irish." -- Geolinguistics
Crowley's War of Words is a valuable and stimulating book, bringing together an impressive array of primary and secondary sources from more than five centuries in a carefully crafted argument.
the defining account of a historical formation
This book offers a simultaneously sweeping and subtle view into the ways language has been inextricably linked with notions of cultural, political, and personal identity throughout modern Irish history. As impressive as the breadth of Crowley's research is the beauty and accessibility of his prose: the book proves enjoyable to the historian or critic as well as the linguist. Indeed, War of Words will encourage scholars in all aspects of Irish Studies to recognize the centrality of the language issue to nearly all aspects of Irish culture and politics.
Introduction: Language acquisition 1. Reforming the Word and the words of the Irish, 1537-1607 2. Language, God, and the struggle for history, 1607-1690 3. Education, antiquity, and the beginnings of linguistic nationalism, 1690-1789 4. Culture, politics, and the language question, 1789-1876 5. Language and revolution, 1876-1922 6. The politics of language on the island of Ireland, 1922-2004
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Summaries
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'Wars of Words' is a comprehensive survey of the politics of language in Ireland in the colonial and post-colonial period. Covering diverse topics such as the Tudor proscription of Irish to contemporary legislation on the rights of language users, this text argues for a common understanding of the language in social and political history.
Long Description
Wars of Words is the first comprehensive survey of the politics of language in Ireland during the colonial and post-colonial periods. Challenging received notions, Tony Crowley presents a complex, fascinating, and often surprising history which has suffered greatly in the past from over-simplification. Beginning with Henry VIII's Act for English Order, Habit, and Language (1537) and ending with the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act (2003) and the introduction of language rights under the legislation proposed by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2004), this clear and accessible narrative follows the continuities and discontinuities of Irish history over the past five hundred years. The major issues that have both united and divided Ireland are considered with regard to language, including ethnicity, cultural identity, religion, sovereignty, propriety, purity, memory, and authenticity. But rather than simply presenting the accepted wisdom on many of the language debates, this book re-visits the material and considers previously little-known evidence in order to offer new insights and to contest earlier accounts. The materials range from colonial state papers to the writings of Irish revolutionaries, from the work of Irish priest historians to contemporary loyalist politicians, from Gaelic dictionaries to Ulster-Scots poetry. Wars of Words offers a reading of the crucial role language has played in Ireland's political history. It concludes by arguing that the Belfast Agreement's recognition that languages are 'part of the cultural wealth of the island of Ireland', will be central to the social development of the Republic and Northern Ireland. The final chapter analyses the way in which contemporary poets have used Gaelic, Hiberno-English, Ulster-English, and Ulster-Scots, as vehicles for the various voices that demand to be heard in the new societies on both sides of the border.
Long Description
Wars of Words is the first comprehensive survey of the politics of language in Ireland during the colonial and post-colonial periods. Challenging received notions, Tony Crowley presents a complex, fascinating, and often surprising history which has suffered greatly in the past from over-simplification. Beginning with Henry VIII's Act for English Order, Habit, and Language (1537) and ending with the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act (2003) and the introduction of language rights under the legislation proposed by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2004), this clear and accessible narrative follows the continuities and discontinuities of Irish history over the past five hundred years. The major issues that have both united and divided Ireland are considered with regard to language, including ethnicity, cultural identity, religion, sovereignty, propriety, purity, memory, and authenticity. But rather than simply presenting the accepted wisdom on many of the language debates, this book re-visits the material and considers previously little-known evidence in order to offer new insights and to contest earlier accounts. The materials range from colonial state papers to the writings of Irish revolutionaries, from the work of Irish priest historians to contemporary loyalist politicians, from Gaelic dictionaries to Ulster-Scots poetry. Wars of Words offers a reading of the crucial role language has played in Ireland's political history. It concludes by arguing that the Belfast Agreement's recognition that languages are "part of the cultural wealth of the island of Ireland", will be central to the social development of the Republic and Northern Ireland. The final chapter analyses the way in which contemporary poets have used Gaelic, Hiberno-English, Ulster-English, and Ulster-Scots, as vehicles for the various voices that demand to be heard in the new societies on both sides of the border.
Main Description
Wars of Words is the first comprehensive survey of the politics of language in Ireland during the colonial and post-colonial periods. Challenging received notions, Tony Crowley presents a complex, fascinating, and often surprising history which has suffered greatly in the past fromover-simplification. Beginning with Henry VIII's Act for English Order, Habit, and Language (1537) and ending with the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act (2003) and the introduction of language rights under the legislation proposed by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2004),this clear and accessible narrative follows the continuities and discontinuities of Irish history over the past five hundred years.The major issues that have both united and divided Ireland are considered with regard to language, including ethnicity, cultural identity, religion, sovereignty, propriety, purity, memory, and authenticity. But rather than simply presenting the accepted wisdom on many of the language debates, thisbook re-visits the material and considers previously little-known evidence in order to offer new insights and to contest earlier accounts. The materials range from colonial state papers to the writings of Irish revolutionaries, from the work of Irish priest historians to contemporary loyalistpoliticians, from Gaelic dictionaries to Ulster-Scots poetry.Wars of Words offers a reading of the crucial role language has played in Ireland's political history. It concludes by arguing that the Belfast Agreement's recognition that languages are 'part of the cultural wealth of the island of Ireland', will be central to the social development of the Republicand Northern Ireland. The final chapter analyses the way in which contemporary poets have used Gaelic, Hiberno-English, Ulster-English, and Ulster-Scots, as vehicles for the various voices that demand to be heard in the new societies on both sides of the border.
Short Annotation
Wars of Words is the first comprehensive survey of the politics of language in Ireland during the colonial and post-colonial periods.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Language acquisition
Reforming the Word and the words of the Irish, 1537-1607
Language, God, and the struggle for history, 1607-1690
Education, antiquity, and the beginnings of linguistic nationalism, 1690-1789
Culture, politics, and the language question, 1789-1876
Language and revolution, 1876-1922
The politics of language on the island of Ireland, 1922-2004
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