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A New History of Ireland, Volume VIIreland Under the Union, II: 1870-1921$
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W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583744.001.0001

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Irish language and literature, 1845–1921

Irish language and literature, 1845–1921

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(p.385) Chapter XIV Irish language and literature, 1845–1921
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A New History of Ireland, Volume VI
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BRIAN Ó CUÍV

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583744.003.0014

This chapter examines developments in Irish language and literature during the period from 1845 to 1921. It explains that during the 1840s, Irish had ceased to be the everyday language of all but a small proportion of the people of the island. However, during the 1920s, the status of being the national language was accorded to Irish under a native government representing the people of the greater part of Ireland. The chapter attempts to explain how this anomalous situation came about.

Keywords:   Irish language, Irish literature, national language, native government, everyday language

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