Dearcadh na nDéise – Representations of Gaeltacht na nDéise in Dineen’s Bilingual Irish-English Dictionary (1927)

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Page787-792
AuthorChris Mulhall, Seamus ó’Diollúin
TitleDearcadh na nDéise – Representations of Gaeltacht na nDéise in Dineen’s Bilingual Irish-English Dictionary (1927)
AbstractDictionaries are a written manifestation of the world, but the selection of words is a reflection of society at a particular time from one or more viewpoints. Irish dictionaries are largely unchartered territories in terms of lexicographic research and contain important regional and national narratives that reflect the ever-changing Irish cultural landscape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The creation of the independent Irish state in the early part of the twentieth century and increasing demand for bilingual Irish-English dictionaries at this time heralded a beginning of a new area of activity in European lexicography. One of landmark editions from this period is An Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla by Patrick S. Dineen. The aim of this paper is to explore a regional variety of Irish, Gaeltacht na nDéise, found in the South-East of Ireland and examine some of the socio-cultural narratives behind Dineen’s choice of entries to depict this regional dialect. Based on a recategorisation of the empirical work of Nyhan (2006), a brief discussion of three prevalent socio-cultural themes, namely; anger, anxiety and poverty, recurring in some Gaeltacht na nDéise-specific entries found in Dineen’s work is presented. These offer an interesting window into how the lexis of this particular region was represented and potentially contributed to its regional identity in a national context.
SessionLexicography of Lesser Used Languages
KeywordsBilingual Irish-English Dictionaries; Socio-cultural narrative; Regional Dialect
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2014-059,
author={Chris Mulhall and Seamus ó’Diollúin},
title={Dearcadh na nDéise – Representations of Gaeltacht na nDéise in Dineen’s Bilingual Irish-English Dictionary (1927)},
pages={787-792},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 16th EURALEX International Congress},
year={2014},
month={jul},
date={15-19},
address={Bolzano, Italy},
editor={Abel, Andrea and Vettori, Chiara and Ralli, Natascia},
publisher={EURAC research},
isbn={978-88-88906-97-3},
}
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